22 June 2015
Producers have an important role to play in protecting their property, region and livestock industry from biosecurity threats.
"Farm biosecurity plans are simple to implement and effective in protecting farms and producers' future," said Mrs Louise Pearce, Livestock Biosecurity Network.
"In many cases, one or two simple preventative measures can save a lot of future heartache."
Almost anything moved onto a property can be a potential source of introduction for pests, weeds or disease for livestock and plants. Being aware of the biosecurity risks that can arise as a result of the introduction of stock, people, equipment or other farm inputs is the first step towards actions to mitigate these risks.
"Every livestock producer should have their own biosecurity plan to help protect their livelihoods from the threats posed by disease, pests and weeds," Mrs Pearce said.
"The single biggest threat to the sheep industry's sustainability would be an outbreak of an emergency animal disease, but endemic diseases to the Riverina such as footrot, scabby mouth and Ovine Johnes disease, reduce productivity and income, and have an impact on animal health and welfare," explained Dr Tim Biffin, District Veterinary, Riverina Local Land Services.
Mrs Pearce and Dr Biffin will discuss farm biosecurity plans at the Graham Centre Sheep Forum being held at the Charles Sturt University Convention Centre on Friday 10 July.