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Overwhelming interest from farmers for biosecurity planning

Central West Local Land Services District Veterinarians and biosecurity staff recently delivered a series of nine workshops across the region to assist producers with their on-farm biosecurity planning.

Regional Veterinarian, Jillian Kelly said the interest in attending was almost overwhelming.

“We were aware there was a demand for information, however the number of attendees at each workshop really brought home just how much of a need there was,” Jillian said

In some locations there was standing room only; in others, attendees could not even get in the doors.

Over 1,000 producers came out for the various days; with many more inquiries received, highlighting that there is very much still a demand for information.

“Although the initial workshop series roll out has finished, we are more than willing to speak at any pre-organised producer or industry group meetings when invited.”

The workshops included practical advice on what is on-farm biosecurity and why it is important, where to find biosecurity planning templates and how to tailor them to suit producers’ needs.

This information was delivered to enable landholders to take the information home, apply it to their own individual situations and develop a tailored on-farm biosecurity plan.

With bovine Johne’s disease transitional arrangements coming to an end on 30 June 2017, there has been a strong local demand for information.

Central to this change is the Johne’s beef assurance score system; managed by Animal Health Australia on behalf of the Cattle Council of Australia.

Central West Local Land Services staff have been actively helping local graziers understand and adapt to the implications of the industry-led changes.

“Our role as District Vets in the Central West is to support our producers - we are often the first port of call for industry changes such as these,” Jillian said.

Biosecurity planning information and templates are also available for download on the Livestock Biosecurity Network website at http://www.lbn.org.au/farm-biosecurity-tools/planning-tools/

To find out more about the new arrangements visit the Animal Health Australia website www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au contact your Local Land Services office, private veterinarian or livestock agent.

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