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Biosecurity planning on the agenda

If you’re a livestock producer, you’ve probably been hearing a lot recently about biosecurity plans and it’s possible that you’re wondering what to do next or whether what you’re doing is right.

Following the hugely successful Johne’s Disease Information Sessions that saw over 1,000 livestock producers attend workshops across the region, North Coast Local Land Services is running a series of workshops during late August and September to help livestock producers through the biosecurity planning process.

The concept of a biosecurity plan has been around for a while, but has been mentioned more often lately through both changes to the Johne’s disease program and the requirements under the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Program.

Meat and Livestock Australia has advised that from 1 October properties will require an on farm biosecurity plan to maintain LPA accreditation.

A biosecurity plan is simply a document which identifies potential risks from pests, diseases and weeds and identifies management practices that can help minimise those risks. Many of these are things that producers will already be doing.

Under the new Biosecurity Act everyone has a “general biosecurity duty” – which means doing whatever is practical on your property to minimise biosecurity risks – a biosecurity plan is one way that producers can demonstrate they are fulfilling their general biosecurity duty.

Developing a plan need not be an onerous task, and preventing diseases or pest issues before they occur could save you money and headaches in the future.

At the biosecurity planning workshops, your Local Land Services District Vet and biosecurity officers will guide you through the development of your own biosecurity plan, based on your own circumstances.

Workshops will be held:

28 August        Grafton District Services Club, Grafton
29 August        Wauchope Country Club, Wauchope
31 August        Dorrigo Indoor Sports Stadium, Dorrigo
1 September   Kempsey RSL, Kempsey
1 September   Bonalbo and District Memorial Hall, Bonalbo
4 September   J H Williams & Co, Murwillumbah
5 September   Wollongbar Agricultural Institute, Wollongbar
5 September   Macksville Ex Services Club, Macksville
5 September   Grafton District Services Club, Grafton
6 September   Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby
6 September   Nana Glen Community Hall, Nana Glen
7 September   Bellingen Golf Club, Bellingen
8 September   Kyogle Memorial Hall Supper Room, Kyogle
8 September   Baryulgil Fine Flower Camp, Baryulgil
15 September LLS Casino Office, Casino

The workshop fee is $20 which includes lunch and there are only 20 places at each event.  You must prebook and pay for your ticket in advance to secure your place.

To register to attend and pay your registration fee please call 1300 795 299.

With workshops selling out fast, North Coast Local Land Services is taking waitlist enquiries and are exploring additional workshops as needed, if you are interested in attending please register your interest quickly.

Media contact:

Ian Poe, District Veterinarian, Phone 0429 987 255

Photo caption:

All farmers must now think about biosecurity planning.