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Help for livestock owners in Yass to develop farm biosecurity plans

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.

“There are no wrong answers to the questions in the template” District Veterinarian Bill Johnson explained, “and no-one is going to give you a score out of ten for your plan.

"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.

“I doubt many sheep and goat producers yet realise they also require a farm biosecurity plan”.

A Biosecurity Awareness Workshop at Yass will be delivered by Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) with the help of South East Local Land Services.

  • Monday 4 September, Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan St Yass
  • Time: 10am-4pm, includes morning tea and lunch
  • Overview of the Livestock Production Assurance program and Johne’s Beef Assurance       Score- new requirements and resources available
  • Biosecurity plan development.

Register here to attend the session.

For further information please contact the Yass Local Land Services office on 6118 7700.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, 0418 513 880, South East Local Land Services Marketing and Communications Coordinator