Biosecurity News

Biosecurity News

October 2017 Edition


A way to manage the risk of purchased feed

Jess Rummery, Manager Biosecurity and Extension, Northern Australia

Do you use a Commodity Vendor Declaration to manage the risk of purchased feed?

This Declaration is a simple yet valuable tool you can utilise and incorporate into your biosecurity plan. It provides you with important information on the integrity of the feed you are purchasing and any chemicals that may have been used on the product being bought. 



What’s the go with Cattle Health Declarations?

Rachael O’Brien, Manager Biosecurity and Extension, Queensland

The Cattle Health Declaration is currently gaining significant exposure as a tool for producers to address biosecurity concerns. It’s a document that allows producers to make an assessment of cattle they might be purchasing and the biosecurity risk those cattle may pose. The Cattle Health Declaration is starting to be requested by producers buying cattle from studs and through saleyards. For many producers biosecurity is a new concept so it’s understandable that many producers have questions about the cattle health declaration.

Be sure to check out the table at the end of this article for a quick, easy to use guide on when to use a Cattle Health Declaration.



Upcoming LPA workshops

LBN is hosting a series of biosecurity planning workshop for producers in conjunction with key partners and stakeholders, funded by Cattle Council of Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia.

Information will be provided on the Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) and the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA), along with a workshop on producing an on-farm biosecurity plan.

Over the past few months we have reached thousands of producers across the country and assisted them in fulfilling their biosecurity obligations.

Workshops are currently booked for Jerilderie in New South Wales and Merreden in Western Australia. To register, visit

LPA: What 1 October 2017 means for producers​

From the Farm Biosecurity Newsletter
16 October, 2017

Over the past few months, the introduction of the J-BAS and the addition of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements to the LPA has seen on-farm biosecurity planning become the subject of many discussions, forums, workshops and articles.

With the changes to LPA taking effect from 1 October, many producers are wondering what they need to do next.


Temporary bluetongue virus zone change for Victoria​

Media Release, Agriculture Victoria
14 October 2017

Part of northern Victoria has been designated as a bluetongue virus (BTV) zone for the next 30 days, after evidence of past exposure to the virus was detected in several 12 month old dairy heifers.

Situated near Echuca, the zone, which consists of a Zone of Possible Transmission of 50 km and a further Buffer Zone of 50 km, around the property of detection, will remain in place whilst surveillance activities are undertaken.



Study to improve animal health monitoring

Can you help us in a sheep producer study that aims to build farmer-led partnerships to improve animal health monitoring?

Participation involves the completion of an online questionnaire (around 30 mins) that includes questions on animal health monitoring, preferred communication methods and information sources.

Researchers from Charles Sturt University, Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences and CSIRO are working on this study as part of a Rural Research and Development for Profit project aimed at improving surveillance, preparedness and return to trade from emergency animal disease incursions using Foot and Mouth disease as a model.

You will not be identified in any reports produced and will have the opportunity to go into a prize draw to win a $50.00 retail gift voucher.

This project is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme, and by producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) industries and Charles Sturt University, leveraging significant in-kind support from the research partners. 

The research partners for this project are the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Charles Sturt University (CSU), the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA).

Click here to complete the survey.

In case you missed it: biosecurity in the press


Do you need to test for Johne's?

Cattle producers are  reminded they do not need to test their herd for Johne’s disease unless they are trading specifically into a market that requires a test.

If in doubt, producers should make their own inquiries with their State Department of Agriculture before engaging their vet to organise testing.

via Beef Central


Kitty shares dual view on integrity

Kitty Sheridan understands the value of Australia’s livestock integrity systems as both a processor and producer.

Kitty is responsible for Strategic Operations with Teys Australia, Naracoorte and coordinates each day’s production across 18 different market programs.

via Meat & Livestock Australia


Report says rail trail biosecurity fallout is unlikely

Biosecurity fallout brought on by rail trails has been deemed unlikely by a new report.

Rail trail advocates in NSW have been buoyed by the report with landholders between Tamworth and Manilla opposing a local trail brandishing biosecurity uncertainty as their chief concern.

via The Northern Daily Leader