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Annual land and stock returns - the clock is ticking

Land managers across the North Coast have been reminded to lodge their annual land and stock return by the end of the month or face additional charges on next year’s rates notice.

More than 25,000 land managers across the North Coast region who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code received their annual return notice during June. The information collected from more than 150,000 annual returns across the state helps Local Land Services build a statewide picture of agricultural use and livestock numbers.

Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services, said it was important to complete a land and stock return—even if land managers have no stock.

“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,” Jo said.

“Collecting this information is an essential part of understanding the state’s biosecurity risks and ensuring that domestic and export livestock markets remain open for NSW producers.

“Along with the stock identification and traceability systems Local Land Services manages, the information is invaluable in the event of an emergency disease outbreak, such as avian influenza or Hendra virus.”

“NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world,” Jo said.

The returns are essentially a census for livestock on 30 June each year and include all stock six months of age or older, regardless of whether they belong to the landholder, are 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.

“This information helps us go directly to the people whose land or stock may be affected in an emergency in our region.”

Land managers can lodge their returns online. For more information land managers should contact their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit the website.

Media contact for Biosecurity enquiries:

Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services Phone 0407 121 265

Media contact for Annual Land and Stock Return Administration enquiries:

Kristy Bolton, Coordinator Customer Service Phone: 0428 649 201

Photo caption:

The agricultural industry of the North Coast region is worth protecting.