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On-farm biosecurity and sheep disease workshop

Western Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Charlotte Cavanagh performs a pre-joining check on a ram's testes at a biosecurity field day at the end of 2016

Landholders throughout the Western region have the opportunity to increase their knowledge in a number of important areas through a series of on-farm biosecurity and sheep disease workshops.

The workshops, which have been organised in partnership with Sheep Connect NSW, will be delivered in two locations, firstly in Balranald on 2 May 2017 and later in Brewarrina on 9 May 2017.

Several industry experts will cover topics including biosecurity on your property, seasonal sheep health issues, disease investigations – who to notify, how to collect information, and ensuring your own safety – a precautionary approach to purchasing livestock, and a National Livestock Identification System update.

The face-to-face workshops will include theory components as well as several hands-on demonstrations that will allow landholders to put into practice a number of things they have learnt.

Western Local Land Services Team Leader – Agriculture, Gemma Turnbull believes these workshops provide great value for landholders.

“Whether landholders have many years of experience running an enterprise or are looking to develop their skills and knowledge, these workshops cover a number of important areas that all landholders will benefit being informed about,” Ms Turnbull said.

“Not only will landholders have the opportunity to hear from experts across a number of different areas, but they will also be able to share their own ideas and experiences which can be just as valuable.

“By and large, landholders find our workshops highly valuable and enjoyable and we are expecting the same from these.”

The first workshop on Tuesday, 2 May 2017 will commence at 9.30 am at the Homebush Hotel, Balranald. The registration for this workshop is due Friday, 28 April 2017.

The second workshop on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 will commence at 10 am at the “Tarrion” woolshed, Brewarrina. The registration for this workshop is due Friday, 5 May 2017.

As required, attendees will be given directions when they RSVP.

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