SA's Emily Buddle has been appointed as a specialist extension resource at Animal Health Australia, in a role that is set to implement proactive biosecurity measures to deliver greater support to the sheep and wool industries.
The establishment of the role is an early step in delivering against the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy 2019-2024, developed by Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) and WoolProducers Australia (WPA).
The NSIBS aims to ensure the stability and security of the sheep industry into the future, by encouraging sheepmeat and wool growers to take ownership of their own on-farm biosecurity measures and recognise the important role they play.
To assist producers in implementing or improving their biosecurity plan, AHA has engaged Dr Buddle to work with producer groups and individuals across SA.
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Dr Buddle has an extensive range of experience on the ground in both sheepmeat and wool enterprises, as well as an academic background covering agricultural science, community understandings of science and agriculture, and the ability of social media to communicate about the livestock industry.
She will commence the roll-out of extension resources for producers SA, with the AHA hoping to expand the biosecurity team by establishing resources in other states in the near future.
Ms Buddle will work closely with Livestock SA, who are pleased to be part of the rollout of the program in SA, according to chief executive officer Andrew Curtis.
"Biosecurity is everybody's business and the NSIBS provides a great framework for a coordinated approach in SA," Mr Curtis said.
"We are pleased to see the leadership shown by SPA and WPA in driving continuous improvement in biosecurity practices and fostering a culture of accountability throughout the industry and the supply chain."
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