LBN Biosecurity News

Biosecurity News

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!”


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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.


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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.


·        Casino                        Wed 30 August

·        Yass                        Mon 4 September

·        Wagga                    Wed 6 September

·        Tamworth             Tues 12 September


·        Alice Springs          Tues 5 September

·        Tennant Creek      Thurs 7 September

·        Katherine             Tues 12 September

·        Darwin                Thurs 14 September


·        Mareeba                     Wed 16 August

·        Ingham                        Mon 18 August

·        Charters Towers        Thurs 24 August

·        Warwick                      Tues 29 August

·        Rockhampton            Thurs 31 August


·        Coober Pedy             To be confirmed

·        Naracoorte                 To be confirmed


·        Launceston           Thurs 7 September


·        Euroa                             Fri 18 August

·        Sale                            Wed 30 August

·        Hamilton                 Wed 6 September


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)


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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Author: LBN