July 2017 Edition
Absolutely no RAM for the pet lamb
By Rachel Gordon, Biosecurity & Extension Manager for NSW
I recently had the following text message exchange, beginning with an inquiry about a pet sheep and her burning desire to dine with the dog:
“Lamb and dry dog food. Thoughts? Rosemary* keeps trying to take the dog’s dinner!”
“Oh my goodness, no!”
Meet the new face of biosecurity in New South Wales
New South Wales is in secure hands with the introduction of a new Biosecurity and Extension Manager in Bonnie Skinner.
Bonnie joins Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) having previously held the role of Surveillance Coordinator within Animal Health Australia.
Upcoming J-BAS / LPA workshops
LBN is hosting a series of biosecurity planning workshop for cattle producers in conjunction with key partners and stakeholders.
Information will be provided on Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) and Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program, along with a workshop on producing an on-farm biosecurity plan.
For a full list of upcoming LBN and stakeholder events, visit our calendar.
· Alice Springs
· Tennant Creek
· Charters Towers
· Coober Pedy To be confirmed
· Naracoorte To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Good biosecurity practices protect livestock producers
A joint media release between Animal Health Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia, Cattle Council of Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia.
11 July, 2017
Livestock producers who complete a farm biosecurity plan, and regularly review their biosecurity practices, know they’re doing their best to protect their business.
The farm biosecurity plan is a tool that underpins two significant changes to the management of on-farm biosecurity over the coming months, the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and the Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS)
An on-farm biosecurity plan secures your farm
From the Farm Biosecurity newsletter. Farm Biosecurity is a joint initiative of Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia.
14 July, 2017
District Veterinarian with Riverina Local Land Services, Dr Timothy Biffin, says many producers contacted him regarding creating a biosecurity plan for their properties.
“I have found that many producers are uncertain on how to answer sections of the biosecurity plan template. However, I often know their properties and I am confident to say they have the right systems in place,” said Dr Biffin.
6 Easy steps to completing your on-farm biosecurity plan
Not sure where to start with an on-farm biosecurity plan? Animal Health Australia has put together a quick video showing how straightforward the process can be.
You can pick up a template to suit your needs from the LBN website or from the AHA website. Remember, you likely already have biosecurity practices in place on your property; creating your plan is a matter of documenting those efforts.
In case you missed it: Biosecurity in the press
Livestock biosecurity plan 101: Your guide to making it happen
"Some people are a bit spooked by the term 'biosecurity' but it really does just describe your processes on farm and how you your addressing those risks," says Rachael O'Brien, LBN Biosecurity and Extension Manager for Queensland.
via ABC Rural
Biosecurity: future proofing
"First, remember that as a livestock producer you’ve already got a biosecurity plan – it’s just in your head, not on paper. Biosecurity is something you think about every day, even if you don’t call it that," according to Nigel Gillan, District Veterinarian with Central Tablelands Local Land Services
via the Mudgee Guardian
Busting the myths about J-BAS
What is J-BAS? J-BAS is a risk profiling tool in the new approach to Johne’s disease (JD) in beef cattle.
Is the J-BAS mandatory? No. J-BAS is a voluntary program for producers. You should assess whether it’s necessary for your business.
via The Land