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.
Assaults and burglaries are the main driver behind a 15.8 per cent increase in crime across Greater Shepparton in the past year, new police statistics show.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Echuca College has taken part in targeted testing studies for NAPLAN.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Kyabram junior bombers reach grand final.
Football high-flyer Travis Auld gave a fascinating insight into AFL at one of his old haunts on Saturday night.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Primary schools celebrated Book Week last week.
As Victorian election approaches Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy fires opening salvos against opponents so far.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
Ms Malcolm says many people would rather the seat of Euroa was a marginal seat so it would attract more attention and funding.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.