Former Livestock SA president recognised with national award

ABARES OUTLOOK 2018 – Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Immediate past Livestock SA President Geoff Power’s long-time commitment to biosecurity in the South Australian livestock industry was recognised with an Industry Award at the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards in Canberra on Tuesday, March 6.

Mr Power, a producer from Orroroo, has been a key figure in helping the sheep and wool industry acknowledge the importance of biosecurity and the risk it poses to livestock production. In the past 20 years he has advocated for livestock producers as a national president, board member and SA representative for WoolProducers Australia and is a founding member and former president of Livestock SA.

He has worked hard to tackle ovine brucellosis, wild dogs and November Disease and was a strong advocate for the Livestock Biosecurity Network. He also assisted with training for biosecurity response teams, including stimulation activities Exercise Golden Fleece and Exercise Phantom Fox, and has undertaken extensive biosecurity training.

Mr Power was a major driving force behind the development of the new One Biosecurity program in SA and served for two years as chairman of the Joint Industry Primary Industries and Regions SA Working Group for the program.

He was closely involved with the design of One Biosecurity and was the first SA producer to test software developed as part of the program and featured in a video production.

The new, voluntary farm biosecurity program aims to help producers to manage on-farm biosecurity risks. It has been designed and implemented by Primary Industries and Regions SA in collaboration with Livestock SA.

Livestock SA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Curtis said the award recognised Mr Power’s long-standing commitment to the livestock industry.

“Biosecurity is a very important issue to the South Australian livestock industry, and we are pleased to see Geoff recognised for his long dedication and focus to the sector,” he said.

“He has been an integral part in the development of the One Biosecurity program in his former role as chairman of the working group and as immediate past President of Livestock SA.”

The One Biosecurity program is expected to be rolled out across SA from mid-2018.

 

Details: For more information visit www.livestocksa.org.au