New code for buffalo industry
The Northern Territory buffalo industry has a new code of practice that was prepared and published by the NT Buffalo Industry Council.
Officially launched at Beatrice Hill Research Farm on Friday 22 March 2019, the practical handbook informs buffalo livestock industry stakeholders of their obligations under Commonwealth and Territory law and associated standards.
The code forms part of the NT buffalo industry’s self-regulation process.
It promotes public safety, industry productivity and efficiency, and encourages innovative, safe and collaborative business practices.
Responsibilities and protocols covered in the code include weed mitigation and preventing the spread of weeds, bushfire management and mustering, animal welfare and handling practices, and biosecurity procedures.
Buffalo industry stakeholders will voluntarily sign up to the code, which is a good step in getting the buffalo industry to take responsibility for the conduct of all parts of the supply chain.
Live buffalo is an emerging export market for the NT, which has been showing strong growth in recent years. 10,254 buffalo were exported through Darwin Port in 2017-18, a 24% increase on the previous financial year and the highest result on record.
Development of the code of practice was funded by the Northern Territory Government.
The Northern Territory Buffalo Industry Code of Practice is available to download from the NT Buffalo Industry Council: www.ntbuffalo.com/code-of-practice/. Printed copies are also available from the NT Buffalo Industry Council.