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Reminder to lodge Annual Land and Stock Return

South east land managers are urged to play their part in protecting the region’s agricultural industry from biosecurity threats by completing their Annual Land and Stock Returns by 31 August.

Land managers of properties 10 hectares or more who pay Local Land Services rates, or have a Property Identification Code are required to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return.

The annual return process is a census for livestock on 30 June each year.  It allows Local Land Services to build a statewide biosecurity picture of agricultural land use and livestock.

General Manager, Derek Larsen said it is important for land managers to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return, even if they don’t have any stock.

“Annual Land and Stock Returns are an important tool in ensuring NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world,” Mr Larsen said.

“It is essential that land managers lodge their returns so that we can improve the level of animal health security and maintain access for Australian produce to many of our international markets.

“The information collected is also invaluable in the event of a natural disaster or emergency disease outbreak affecting livestock.

“By knowing where our stock numbers are across the region, along with the stock identification and traceability systems already in place, our capacity to respond in times of emergency is greatly improved.

“Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers, now and in the future,” Mr Larsen said.

Approximately 155,000 Annual Land and Stock Returns were distributed to land managers across NSW at the end of June, including 26,900 land managers in the south east.

Returns can be lodged online at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/livestock/land-and-stock-returns.

Land managers must include all stock six months of age or older, regardless of whether it belongs to the landholder, is agisted or on the property for any other reason.  Pigs of any age should be counted, as well as flocks of 100 or more poultry.

If the Annual Land and Stock Return isn’t lodged by 31 August, an animal health rate and meat industry levy will automatically be applied to next year’s rates notice.

For more information please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact: Debra Thompson, 02 4224 9707