Penelope Keynes has been appointed as a biosecurity extension officer, and will work alongside Livestock SA to ensure producer groups and individuals across the state have access to increased biosecurity support.
The role, funded by PIRSA and Animal Health Australia, will see Ms Keynes working in line with the Red Meat and Wool Growth Program and the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy 2019-2024 developed by Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia.
Ms Keynes has extensive experience in the cattle and sheep industries, and she has also worked on state and national industry projects for Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
She said she was looking forward to helping producers understand and adopt new biosecurity measures.
"I'm excited to start this role to provide an extra resource for biosecurity support to the state," Ms Keynes said.
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Livestock SA chief executive officer Andrew Curtis said the establishment of the new role would increase Livestock SA's capacity to take the lead on biosecurity.
"Traditionally, the promotion of biosecurity has come from within State and Federal Government departments," he said.
"Biosecurity is an important part of industry development and this program allows the industry to take control and ownership of biosecurity practices.
"Effective biosecurity requires each member of the industry to understand the importance of biosecurity and their responsibility to uphold good biosecurity practices."
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