Livestock Biosecurity Funds — Grant Program

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Successful funding applicants and projects for the 2020 Grant Program

Following the 2020 funding round for the Livestock Biosecurity Funds - Grant Program, Victoria’s livestock industries are set to benefit from $9.5 million in grants to bolster the state’s biosecurity.

ApplicantProject titleObjective
Victorian Farmers FederationVFF Producer-Led Cattle Biosecurity Extension ProgramThe aim of the project is to improve on-farm biosecurity and animal health in Victoria.
Livestock Saleyards Association of VictoriaManaging Transit Stock in Saleyards (specific to cattle)The aim of the project is to combine a range of current saleyard technologies to allow transit stock movements to be automatically electronically collected along with additional relevant information.
La Trobe UniversityIdentification of nematode-susceptible cattleThe aim of the project is to develop a diagnostic index to identify cattle that are relatively resistant to nematode infection by using the index to determine if ‘new’ Hereford strains, influenced by American germlines, are more susceptible to nematode infection.
CSIRO Health and BiosecurityNovel diagnostics for animal diseasesThe aim of the project is to enhance Victoria and Australia’s ability for early detection and characterisation of exotic and endemic viral diseases of livestock.
AgrinouseNVD Uptake - Whole Supply Chain (specific to cattle)The aim of the project is to deliver an electronic national vendor declaration (eNVD) compatible software solution for Stock Agents and Saleyards.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsNational Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (Cattle) tag subsidyThe NLIS (Cattle) system helps maintain the disease-free status of Victoria’s beef and dairy herds and protects Victoria’s reputation in domestic and export markets as a supplier of wholesome meat and dairy products.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsVictorian Cattle Significant Disease Investigation (SDI) ProgramThe aim of the project is to improve both the quality and number of investigations conducted by private veterinarians in Victoria, thus enhancing capacity for the early detection and control of diseases of livestock that could impact on human health, animal health, farm productivity and market access and trade.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsControl and prevention of anthrax for cattleVaccination is the most effective method of controlling an anthrax outbreak and for ensuring ongoing anthrax prevention on affected properties
Agriculture Victoria ResearchMetagenomic enhancements of abortion diagnosticsThe aim of the project is to apply High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) to a repository of abortion samples collected in Victoria to identify associated pathogens. Adoption of HTS will enhance the existing diagnostics capabilities to identify causes of abortion and stillbirth in cattle and manage disease in industry.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsAnimal Disease Investigation Course (specific to cattle industry)The aim of the project is to maintain and increase awareness of, and surveillance for, suspect Emergency Animal Diseases (EADs) resulting in greater number and quality of submissions. These submissions provide evidence of absence for EADs that Victoria (and Australia) claim freedom from, which allows increased trade opportunities for our livestock products.
Victorian Farmers FederationVFF Sheep and Goat Producer-Led Biosecurity Extension ProgramThe aim of the project is to improve on-farm biosecurity and animal health in Victoria.
La Trobe UniversityPoint of Care (POC) Testing For Worm ControlThe aim of the project is to produce a paper-based microfluidic POC test to identify worm-resistant sheep.
AgrinouseNVD Uptake - Whole Supply Chain (specific for sheep and goat industry)The aim of the project is to deliver an electronic national vendor declaration (eNVD) compatible software solution for Stock Agents and Saleyards.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)(Sheep and Goat) tag subsidy

The NLIS (Sheep and Goat) system helps maintain the disease-free status of Victoria’s sheep and goat industries and protects Victoria’s reputation in domestic and export markets as a supplier of wholesome meat products.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Control and prevention of anthrax for sheep and goats

Vaccination is the most effective method of controlling an anthrax outbreak and for ensuring ongoing anthrax prevention on affected properties.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsVictorian Sheep and Goat Significant Disease Investigation (SDI) ProgramThe aim of the project is to improve both the quality and number of investigations conducted by private veterinarians in Victoria, thus enhancing capacity for the early detection and control of diseases of livestock that could impact on human health, animal health, farm productivity and market access and trade.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsAnimal Disease Investigation Course (specific to sheep and goat industry)The aim of the project is to maintain and increase awareness of, and surveillance for, suspect Emergency Animal Diseases (EADs) resulting in greater number and quality of submissions. These submissions provide evidence of absence for EADs that Victoria (and Australia) claim freedom from, which allows increased trade opportunities for our livestock products.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsSheepNotesThe distribution of SheepNotes assists in retaining the confidence and goodwill of the wider sheep industry, audience by increasing Agriculture Victoria’s ability to communicate quickly when biosecurity, health, welfare and production issues demand

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Abattoir Based Pig Health Surveillance in Victoria for SwineThe aim of the project is to focus on disease surveillance on the chain which will evaluate the value of data from all pigs processed, in initiating disease investigations and as a general surveillance tool for pig health. The project will demonstrate value in collecting data on deaths to identify problems in the industry that can be rectified and reducing these losses will directly benefit producers who lose money on every death.

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Victorian Swine Significant Disease Investigation (SDI) ProgramThe aim of the project is to improve both the quality and number of investigations conducted by private veterinarians in Victoria, thus enhancing capacity for the early detection and control of diseases of livestock that could impact on human health, animal health, farm productivity and market access and trade.

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Animal Disease Investigation Course (specific to Swine)The aim of the project is to maintain and increase awareness of, and surveillance for, suspect Emergency Animal Diseases (EADs) resulting in greater number and quality of submissions. These submissions provide evidence of absence for EADs that Victoria (and Australia) claim freedom from which allows increased trade opportunities for our livestock products.
HiveKeepersSmart Sentinel Beehives Pilot Program

Having smart sentinel beehives at seaports will provide 24/7 surveillance and will support refinement of this critical, cost-effective technology.

Victorian Apiarists' AssociationCommercial and recreational beekeepers conferenceThe aim of the project supports the engagement of a keynote speaker to present at the 2021 Victorian Apiarists’ Association Annual Conference. The presentation will address issues such as the threat of varroa entering Australia and its potential to devastate the pollination industry.
Victorian Recreational Beekeepers Association IncHoney Bee Flexible Learning Bio security ProjectThe aim of the project is to engage an international expert in biosecurity, honey bee health and nutrition to present latest research findings at the 2021 Victorian Recreational Beekeepers Association Annual Conference.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and RegionsSmart surveillance for bee diseasesPoint-of-Care (POC) diagnostics for routine smart surveillance of beehives can assist in early detection of high-risk exotic and endemic bee pests to prevent their further distribution and maintain honeybee health.

Guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to read the grant guidelines prior to commencing an application.

Previously successful grant applicants

The project summaries report on actual expenditure as well as allocated, the project summaries are uploaded to the Agriculture Victoria website when this information is available. Receipt of this information can occur at different times between June and December.

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 04 Dec 2020