A plaque was unveiled last month to recognise the work of livestock producers and veterinarians in the region.May 9, 2014 3:19am
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes, Mike Burston and John Copland unveiled a plaque at the former Regional Veterinary Laboratory Benalla site.
The work of livestock producers and veterinarians in the region was acknowledged last month when a plaque was unveiled at the former Regional Veterinary Laboratory Benalla site.
More than 40 employees of the former vet lab and Animal Health field staff gathered at the Sydney Rd site — now home to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries — on April 26 to celebrate the unveiling.
The plaque commemorated the contribution of local livestock producers, vet lab and Animal Health field staff and private veterinarians to the eradication of brucellosis and tuberculosis from north-east Victoria as part of the successful eradication of both diseases from Australia.
The eradication phase of these two diseases ran over two decades and cost more than $1
In doing this Australia achieved a world first, and continued global market access for our beef products was assured.
Former Regional Veterinary Laboratory staff member Tricia Veale said the laboratory also directly and indirectly played a role in the advancement of agriculture and fisheries across Victoria and Australia.
‘‘The laboratory was founded with the support of local livestock producers and with the co-operation of farmers, private veterinarians and Animal Health staff successfully eradicated bovine brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis from north-east Victorian herds,’’ Ms Veale said.
At last month’s gathering local beef producer Mike Burston spoke about the local livestock producers’ initiative to purchase the land on which the vet lab was built and make it available to the government to ensure the lab was located in Benalla.
The plaque was unveiled by the original vet lab director, John Copland, and State Member for Benalla and former Regional Veterinary Officer Bill Sykes
Dr Copland spoke of the wonderful team spirit among the 100 or more staff members and the emergence of the Australian National Fish Health Laboratory at Benalla.
He highlighted the significance of the vet lab’s contribution to animal health and welfare in general and the great sense of camaraderie among staff.
Following the unveiling of the plaque, people adjourned to Benalla Golf Club for a meal and to recall many fond memories of working at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory.
The lab opened in 1975 and closed in 1994.
Loyal Eagle Sue Dolling will play her 450th game for Mansfield tomorrow.
Although still not at their best, Mulwala have finished on top of the Murray League ladder after a comfortable victory over Cobram.
The International Guide Jamboree will take place at Lake Somerset, South East Queensland from September 25 to October 3, for Guides aged 10-17 years, and will be hosted by Girl Guides Australia.
FOR Echuca South Primary School, delivering ‘meals on wheels’ has been a long tradition.
ROCHESTER and Elmore emergency services united to help save a Mathoura man’s life on Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle collision on the Northern Hwy.
Kyabram under pressure to maintain vital top three spot
The Seymour sub-branch of the RSL needs information on local soldiers during World War I.
Berrigan public decides drainage works location
EARTHCOTE Events boss Spiro Boursinos has slammed allegations his annual Pyalong festival is anything but a safe and well organised function.
Strathmerton Cricket Club star all-rounder Luke Carter has been named as captain of the 2014-15 Victorian Country Cricket League (VCCL) Team of the Year.
Cancer claims one of its fiercest combatants.
School's in for farming students
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.