What is important about foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) surveillance?

What is important about foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) surveillance?


Basically, when you come to a set of yards
to load your livestock, the idea of the game here is to visually inspect your livestock
to know that they are sound, to know that they are healthy, to know that they are going
transit from point A to point B. As I’ve said before some of those distances
are from five kilometres to five hundred, to fifteen hundred, two thousand kilometres.
So it’s basically just a common sense approach to visually inspect and make sure that they’re
healthy. Basically it’s getting to the stage that
any problem on the road with anything to do with livestock is basically your responsibility.
It is up to you as a driver, as an operator, whichever part you’re sitting in that chain,
is to stop, communicate and speak up, let people know that there’s something not right,
there’s something not going down right, and it’s the sixth sense nine times out
of ten is always right. That is the biggest thing in the whole issue,
yes you might have two to four to six decks of bullocks on it at the time and going to
a meatworks, and that is someone’s prize possession, but the critical thing in this
whole thing, and yes it might be your industry that’s at stake, but it can jeopardise the
Australian industry that goes with that.