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Workshops to support farm biosecurity planning

A series of workshops will be rolled out across Australia over the next two months to assist red meat producers in developing, implementing and maintaining on-farm biosecurity.

The workshops will be delivered by the Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and are funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Animal Health Australia (AHA).

The workshops are designed to directly engage with producers and provide on-the-ground support following the announcement of two significant changes to the management of on-farm biosecurity.

From 1 October 2017, sheep, goat and cattle producers will need to complete a Farm Biosecurity Plan  to maintain or obtain accreditation under the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA).

LPA is the Australian livestock industry’s on-farm assurance program covering food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. It provides evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices when transferring livestock through the value chain.

A Farm Biosecurity Plan is also required under the new national biosecurity management approach to Johne's Disease (JD) in cattle - for producers who choose to have a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS).  This has been developed as a tool for managing JD to reduce the effect of the disease on production and avoid potential domestic and overseas live-trade implications. 

Through these workshops we are aiming to provide cattle producers with assistance to develop a biosecurity plan which incorporates J-BAS, and therefore meets the requirements for both LPA and JD.
Howard Smith, President, Cattle Council of Australia

Producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to JD management will not need to complete another to meet LPA requirements.

Cattle Council of Australia President Howard Smith said, “with the impending implementation of industry biosecurity changes, the impetus is on producers to manage biosecurity risks. It is vital they are given opportunities to gain the support needed to develop and implement their farm biosecurity plans in the timeframes provided.”

“Through these workshops we are aiming to provide cattle producers with assistance to develop a biosecurity plan which incorporates J-BAS, and therefore meets the requirements for both LPA and JD” said Mr Smith.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO, Dr Kat Giles said “best-practice biosecurity prevents the spread of infectious disease and invasive pests or weeds between farms, helping protect Australia’s favourable animal health status.

Producers attending the workshops will be provided with an in-depth understanding of what is required for farm biosecurity planning, to protect their business and Australia’s animal health status.
Dr Kat Giles, CEO, Sheepmeat Council of Australia

“Biosecurity procedures also provide significant advantages for access to international markets,” Dr Giles said.

“Producers attending the workshops will be provided with an in-depth understanding of what is required for farm biosecurity planning, to protect their business and Australia’s animal health status. Producers will also learn how to carry out an on-farm biosecurity assessment and complete a Farm Biosecurity Plan– either at the workshop itself or when they return home.”

The workshops will include presentations from the Integrity Systems Company and the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN). This will be followed by practical, hands-on sessions to allow producers to develop their Farm Biosecurity Plans.

For producers who can’t attend the workshops, online support through webinars and other online resources will also be provided.

The workshops locations are as follows:

  • NSW     Tamworth; Yass; Wagga; Casino
  • NT         Alice Springs; Tennant Creek; Katherine; Darwin
  • Qld        Mareeba; Ingham; Charters Towers; Warwick; Rockhampton
  • SA         Coober Pedy; Naracoorte
  • Tas        Launceston
  • Vic         Euroa; Sale; Hamilton
  • WA        Denmark, Albany, Narrogin

For more information about the workshops dates and to register please click here.

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