Advice to plan farm biosecurity

All livestock producers who sell through saleyards and abattoirs will need to have a biosecurity plan for their farms in place from October 1 this year.

Producers without a biosecurity plan will not be able to obtain the vendor declaration forms required to complete any sales.

A biosecurity plan records how livestock producers protect their farm and livestock from diseases and pests, and how they ensure the welfare of their animals.

South East Local Land Services is running a series of information sessions to help producers develop a plan for their properties.

These short sessions introduce producers to the concept of a biosecurity plan, and provide them with a template for meeting their obligation.

If you were able to answer ‘Yes’ to all questions, it would be world’s best practice, but few enterprises are able to run with that level of biosecurity.

Biosecurity and animal welfare are increasingly important considerations in livestock trade. Any publicity so far has mainly been about cattle.

There are doubts many sheep and goat producers yet realise they also require a farm biosecurity plan.

Biosecurity plan information sessions will be held at:

  • Moss Vale Saleyards, 1pm to 3pm on Friday 18 August 2017
  • Crookwell Memorial Hall, 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017
  • Goulburn Grace-Millsom Centre, 1pm to 3pm on Thursday 31 August 2017
  • Yass Soldiers Club, 10am to 4pm on Monday 4 September 2017 “to register to attend the event in Yass please contact Bonnie Skinner from Livestock Biosecurity Network on 0477 077 690”.
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