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Landholders gain greater understanding of biosecurity

Western Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Charlotte Cavanagh (far right) presenting to landholders at the workshop.

A recent on-farm biosecurity and sheep disease workshop left landholders in no doubt of the importance of maintaining high standards when it comes to all aspects of your stock’s health.

The workshop, which was held on-farm near Brewarrina on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 and organised in partnership with Sheep Connect NSW, went into great detail on a number of important topics to landholders, while it also provided a platform to have informal discussions around farming practices.

Some of the topics that were presented by industry experts to the eight landholders and community members that attended were:

  • biosecurity on your property
  • development of an on-farm biosecurity plan for your property
  • seasonal sheep health issues
  • disease investigations – who to notify
  • a precautionary approach to purchasing livestock
  • a National Livestock Identification System update.

Western Local Land Services Team Leader – Agriculture, Gemma Turnbull was pleased with how the workshop ran and that landholders found it worthwhile.

“The workshop covered some very important topics that all landholders need to know about and be aware of,” Ms Turnbull said.

“The health of a landholder’s stock, particularly with where prices are at the moment, is very important to ensure both short and long term gains which is why these workshops are so important and so valuable for landholders.

“It was great to have a relaxed atmosphere in which producers were comfortable asking questions and sharing their experiences.”

Following on from this workshop and one that was held at the end of 2016, a third on-farm biosecurity and sheep disease workshop will be held on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in Homebush, near Balranald.

For more information visit or to RSVP for this workshop contact Ms Turnbull on (02) 6870 8632.

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