Agriculture – Cross-Border Livestock Health Conference PNWER 2011 - Action Items
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- Action Item 1 - FMD Vaccination
Description of Action Item - Work with stakeholders to prepare in advance and build a common understanding of the tools (vaccination) and strategies that can be used to respond to an FMD outbreak in both Canada and the US.
Team Lead - USDA - Dr. Jane Rooney, CFIA - Dr. Tom Smylie
Team Members - Dr. Jag Dhanda - CFIA
- Action Item 2 - FAD Zoning and Regionalization Recognition
Description of Action Item - Work to support science and risk-based approaches to allow the safe resumption of bilateral and international trade after the eradication of a FAD. Develop and deliver common messaging to encourage proactive adoption of regulations that require science-based recognition of disease-free status of countries and zones, consistent with OIE guidelines. Delivery messaging as part of Oct. 2011 PNWER engagement in WSHDC and Dec. 2011 engagement in Ottawa. Identify other key venues to deliver messaging.
Team Lead - AB Agriculture -Peter Kuperis
Team Members - Allan Schlater - AAFC, Ron Barker - CAHC
- Action Item 3 - Facilitation of Animal and Animal product trade through Information Technology
Description of Action Item - Explore potential public-private funding sources, identify fiscal benefits to governments and encourage CFIA and USDA to design their IT systems in such a way that they are compatible. Recognizing that paperwork requirements impose significant costs on cattle buyers and sellers on both sides of the border, while subjecting animals to unnecessarily stressful welfare conditions, we urge both countries to move towards electronic certification for cattle on a much more aggressive timeline than is currently being considered.
Team Lead - CCA - Louis Desautels
Team Members - Aaron Canart - AgriBeef, Michael Nikolaisen - BC Cattle Feeders Association, Larry Delver - AB Beef Producers, Rick McRonald - CLGA, Brett Debruycker