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LBRCA participates in biosecurity exercise

  • Posted on Sunday 3rd, September 2017.

The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has represented the interests of the livestock transport industry as part of the New South Wales Government's Greater Sydney Peri Urban Program.

LBRCA President, Lynley Miners, participated in a biosecurity exercise at Camden saleyards as part of the Program, which is part of the NSW Government’s Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 that aims to improve biosecurity practices.

“As the sole livestock carrier representative in attendance it was a perfect opportunity to explain a few home truths about our industry, starting with the lack of adequate infrastructure,” Miners said.

Miners reportedly highlighted that no truck wash facilities are on-site at Camden, nor within what would be deemed an acceptable distance should a biosecurity outbreak occur.

“I would imagine that the livestock vehicle would need to be washed down and disinfected before leaving the unload site, to mitigate against further reach of the disease,” Miners said.

“This site has no such facilities, nor any publicly available sites within a practical distance. For example, the nearest livestock truck wash facility is over an hour away, at Mossvale.

“Strategically positioning truck wash infrastructure as close as practical to key livestock areas, would certainly go a long way in minimising the reach of an outbreak.”

The LBRCA has been pushing the need for greater investment in truck wash facilities at all sites that process livestock including Saleyards, Abattoirs, and Feedlots for some time.

“The NSW Government responded positively through the $10m Fixing Country Truck Washes funding and the Round 3 of the Fixing Country Roads Program funding however, the necessary infrastructure comes at a cost – and the funding can only go so far,” said Miners.

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