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Help for livestock owners 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.”

Biosecurity plan information sessions will be held at:

  • Moss Vale Saleyards, Berrima Road, Moss Vale, 1pm to 3pm on Friday 18 August 2017
  • Crookwell Memorial Hall, Denison Street, Crookwell, 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017
  • Goulburn Grace-Millsom Centre, Recreation Area, Braidwood Road, Goulburn, 1pm to 3pm on Thursday 31 August 2017
  • Yass Soldiers Club, Meehan Street, Yass, 10am to 4pm on Monday 4 September 2017

Further sessions are being held in Berry, Milton, Bega, Moruya, Braidwood, Bungendore, Cooma and Bombala.

For more information contact your nearest Local Land Services office.

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