Transport, biosecurity and BMP on agenda for AgForce commodity boards

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Transport, biosecurity and BMP on agenda for AgForce commodity boards
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Agricultural transport issues, biosecurity and Best Management Practice programs are among the hot topics to be covered during meetings of AgForce's Cattle, Sheep and Wool, and Grains Boards in Brisbane today.

The three commodity boards meet today for the first time in 2018 following the launch of AgForce's new three-year Strategic Plan at a function at McCullough Robertson Lawyers' office last night.

AgForce Cattle President Bim Struss said biosecurity, vegetation management, Grazing BMP, fit to load guidelines and lay pregnancy testing of cattle would all be discussed by the Cattle Board during its two-day meeting.

"Biosecurity planning has been a big issue for Queensland cattle producers and we are pleased to have Pat Bell and Lawrence Gavey from Biosecurity Queensland address the Board about the latest developments with Johne's Disease and cattle pregnancy testing reforms," he said.

"The Board will also hear from Geoff Teys and John Langbridge from Teys Australia about fit to load guidelines for the transportation of livestock, halal certification and cattle train issues."

AgForce Grains President Wayne Newton said transport, workplace health and safety, Grains BMP, spray drift and active crop mapping would be covered during the Grains Board meeting.

"We have some great guest speakers including Andrew Higgins from CSIRO who will talk about TraNSIT modelling and how it could be used to highlight the need for infrastructure upgrades to assist Queensland grain growers," he said.

"The Grains Board will also discuss chain of responsibility laws, receive an update on active crop mapping from the Department of Environment and Science and view a presentation from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on safety issues in the grain sector."

AgForce Sheep and Wool Board President Alan Rae said biosecurity and updates on the work of national peak bodies - Sheep Producers Australia, WoolProducers Australia and the Goat Industry Council of Australia - were all on the agenda of the Sheep and Wool Board.

"The Board will also be briefed on how the wild dog fencing roll-out and on-ground control actions are progressing, as well as an update on the industry's Wild Dog Co-ordinator project and how this will aid in enhanced co-ordination of efforts across the state," he said.

"With increasing optimism from producers to run sheep in Queensland, the Board will also be discussing shearer and wool handler training with Australian Wool Innovation's Stephen Feign and Jim Murray."

Photos of the three Boards from their meetings today are available via Dropbox at:

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

Transport, biosecurity and BMP on agenda for AgForce commodity boards

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