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Closing date for Annual Land and Stock Returns fast approaching

Land managers across the North Coast have until Monday 31 August to lodge their Annual Land and Stock Returns.

Annual Land and Stock Returns are a census for livestock and help build a state-wide biosecurity picture about agricultural use and livestock numbers.

All land managers who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code are required to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return, even if they don't have any stock.

Land managers have until 31 August to complete their Return and are encouraged to lodge them online at

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

Along with the stock identification and traceability systems Local Land Services manages, the information is invaluable in the event of emergency disease outbreak, such as Avian Influenza or Hendra Virus.

The form has been significantly altered using feedback from last year and land managers are reporting that it's easier to complete.

Many land managers are lodging online, which is faster and easier for customers and provides more accurate information.

The 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.

Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers, now and in the future. That is why Local Land Services works with land managers to monitor herds and flocks and share up-to-date advice and information to increase productivity.

For more information land managers should contact their nearest North Coast Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit

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