5. Threats from disease • Endemic and exotic disease threats continue to manifest further exacerbated by a change in climate. • Less likelihood of entirely new exotic diseases and a greater likelihood of ‘variations’ of known themes. • Small, frequent emergencies are likely — more so than a catastrophic event. • Knowledge, nimbleness and speed of targeted responses hold the key to success, including our prompt return to market. 6. Communications • Communication is global, unceasing, multichannelled, borderless, ultra-democratic, viral and immediate. • If opportunities abound, so do risks. • LBN must be up-to-date with this new world — not only for the sake of its own capability and efficiency, but so it can help and support Member communications as well. 7. The wider farming industry • On-going fragmentation side-by-side with consolidation of farm holdings. • Farming communities under financial pressure. • Risks posed by peri-urban fragmentation of larger holdings, changing and higher customer standards including supermarkets, diminished resources allocated to the management of climate change and diseases, welfare, invasive animals and weeds. 8. Pace of Technology • Technology is presently outpacing regulation and policy and as a result there are many risks and opportunities being identified. • The need for new systems to deal with the data/information being generated. • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is having an impact on every aspect of business across all industry sectors. • There is considerable uncertainty related to technological development and to social and cultural change. • It can be either negative (be highly disruptive) or positive (be highly beneficial) in its use and impact. • Big data, disease control techniques (e.g. diagnostics, vaccines, nanotechnology, monitoring), breeding and genetics, nutrition and social concerns regarding specific technologies (e.g. genetically modified organisms) are all areas that impact on the livestock industries and their supply chains. 8 LBN STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2022

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