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NFF welcomes Biosecurity Strategy, calls for action on funding


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the release today of the National Biosecurity Strategy, describing it as a critical step in safeguarding Australia’s farm sector. NFF President Fiona Simson said the immense pressure on Australia’s biosecurity system warranted a clear strategy for the future. “The NFF called for the development of this strategy in […]

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4 months ago


Statement on new Biosecurity Taskforce


Quotes attributable to NFF President Fiona Simson Bringing together agriculture officials and other emergency management and response agencies is the right idea. Industry has been planning for a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) incursion for decades. We have a world class biosecurity system, and we have detailed and effective plans in place to manage an […]

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4 months ago


Key Resources for Foot & Mouth Disease


Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. It has significant animal health and welfare implications and much of Australia’s market access relies on maintaining our FMD-free status. Please see the latest FMD Industry Brief here. See a list of […]

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4 months ago


Farmers urge travellers to ditch their pluggers to protect Aussie farms


#ThrowYourThongs: That’s the message from farmers desperate to stop Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from reaching Australia, following an outbreak on the holiday island of Bali. Farming organisations are now putting their money where their mouth is – offering discounts to travellers who bin their shoes. President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, said […]

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5 months ago


Farmers call for security step-up as FMD reaches Bali


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is extremely concerned following reports that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has spread to Bali. NFF President Fiona Simson is calling on the Federal Government and travellers to immediately step up our defence to protect Australia from this potentially devastating disease. “Now that borders are open, international travel is rapidly […]

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5 months ago


NFF backs hands-on action on lumpy skin disease


The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed pragmatic and proactive action by the Federal Government to protect Australia’s bovine industry from the serious risk of lumpy skin disease. Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle and water buffalo and has a serious impact on an animal’s quality of life and reproductive capability. In […]

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8 months ago


NFF launches #TimetoThrive 2022 federal election platform on Day 1 of National Conference


The National Farmers’ Federation has outlined five key priorities a future Government must deliver on at day one of its National Conference in Canberra. Speaking immediately after an address by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and before Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, NFF President Fiona Simson said the 2022 federal election came at a pivotal time for agriculture and […]

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8 months ago


More cash for pest and weed control good news for farmers


A new joint investment by Federal, state and territory governments in managing feral pests and weeds is good news for farmers. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences estimates farmers dedicate on average 66 days and spend about $11,500 on weed control and $8000 on feral animal control per property every year. […]

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10 months ago


Submission to Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Regulatory System


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Framework (Draft Report). The NFF strongly supports the independence and scientific rigour of our national regulator for agvet chemicals, the APVMA, and this must be maintained. However, we recognise considerable opportunity for […]

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3 March 2021


NSW Inquiry into the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Restrictions on Stock Animal Procedures) Bill 2019


The NFF believe the bill does not recognise the established standards and guidelines process, and proposes to ban mulesing in NSW by 1 January 2022, and to mandate the use of pain relief for a range of livestock husbandry procedures. The NFF does not support these provisions, for the reasons outlined below. Download PDF File

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27 August 2020


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