Farm Management

Biosecurity workshop series to commence

Western Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Charlotte Cavanagh giving a demonstration to landholders at a biosecurity field day in 2016. Image supplied by Western Local Land Services.

All landholders have a great opportunity to get a biosecurity plan in place for their properties through Western Local Land Services upcoming workshop series, which is commencing Monday, 4 September 2017.

The biosecurity workshop series, which will see 24 workshops held in 24 locations on Monday 4 September 2017 through to Wednesday, 13 September 2017, will cover a range of topics relating to biosecurity, why it is important and why it needs to be at the forefront of landholders’ minds.

The workshop series was developed in response to livestock producers requiring a biosecurity plan to either maintain their current Johne’s beef assurance score (J-BAS) or receive a score of six.

It is important to note that all red meat producers, not just cattle producers, must have a biosecurity plan in place by 1 October 2017, which is when the Livestock Production Assurance accreditation is due.

Western Local Land Services General Manager, Erlina Compton implored all landholders to attend one of the workshops in their local areas.

“There is nothing more important to a landholder than biosecurity and having an up-to-date plan in place is paramount to running a viable operation,” Ms Compton said.

“The workshops have been designed to make it straight forward for landholders to get a plan in place.

“Landholders simply need to attend one of the 24 sessions and our staff including District Veterinarians, Biosecurity Officers and Land Services Officers will be able to assist them through the process with attendees walking out with a ready to use template for their properties.

“With the Western Local Land Services region comprising 42 per cent of the state, it can be difficult to reach all landholders but we are confident through the 24 workshops we have arranged throughout the region that we have given everyone the opportunity to attend one.”

Source: Western Local Land Services

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