Plan to protect your livestock from pests and diseases

9 August 2022

The BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef networks team invite Victorian livestock producers to join our online Biosecurity Planning workshop.

During this session we will guide you through the Animal Health Australia and Livestock Production Assurance program template with a panel of beef, sheep, dairy and goat specialists to answer your questions.

The two-and-a-half-hour workshop will also include a summary of current and emerging biosecurity threats and the potential impacts on Victoria’s farm businesses and rural communities.

At the end of the session you will have completed your own on-farm biosecurity plan, specific to your business.

Agriculture Victoria beef and sheep networks manager Lyndon Kubeil said having an on-farm biosecurity plan was one practical way that farmers can minimise biosecurity risks to their businesses and the livestock industry.

“If you don’t already have a biosecurity plan, now is the time to develop one,” he said.

“As a minimum a biosecurity plan should promote good hygiene practices and record the movement.

“Once you have a biosecurity plan for your farm, you should regularly familiarise yourself, your staff and your family with it, and review and update it, as you would any other farm plan,” Mr Kubeil said.

“This workshop is also suitable for those wanting to review their plans.”

To take part in the workshop producers must have a property identification code (PIC). PICs are free and easy to get online, and help Agriculture Victoria contact you in case of an emergency. They are mandatory for anyone with livestock. To apply or update your PIC, visit the Agriculture Victoria Property Identification Codes web page.

The workshop is free and will run on Thursday 11 August from 1 pm to 3.30 pm. For more information on the webinar and to register visit the Agriculture Victoria events web page.

Practical biosecurity steps to take on-farm as well as biosecurity plan templates are also available on the Agriculture Victoria website on the foot-and-mouth disease web page.

Media contact: Justine Severin

Phone: 0436 674 804