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Help for Palerang livestock owners to develop farm biosecurity plans

All livestock producers 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 in Braidwood and Bungendore 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 Kate Sawford explained.

“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.

“Producers find they are already doing most of the things required for good farm biosecurity, so they should not feel anxious about this plan. There may be other things in the plan that they would like to implement, and these information sessions will help them to make those changes.

“Biosecurity and animal welfare are increasingly important considerations in livestock trade. I doubt many sheep and goat producers yet realise they also require a farm biosecurity plan”.

Biosecurity plan information sessions will be held at:

Braidwood National Theatre Wednesday 13 September 6pm – 8:30pm

Bungendore War Memorial Hall Saturday 16 September 1pm – 3:30pm

For further information contact the Braidwood Local Land Services office on 02 4842 2594.

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