Livestock Biosecurity Funds – Grant Program

The Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program aims to fund projects and programs that prevent, monitor, and control diseases, thereby enhancing animal health, biosecurity and market access for the benefit of Victorian cattle, sheep, goat, swine and honey bee industries.

2021 Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program

Applications for the 2021 Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program closed on 26 November 2021.

The applications were assessed by an independent panel of experts and by the four livestock compensation advisory committees against the assessment criteria.

All four livestock advisory committees made their recommendations to the Minister for Agriculture for each application received for funding by their respective compensation fund, consistent with the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.

Successful projects in the 2021 Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program

The Minister for Agriculture approved 18 successful projects worth $3.5 million across the Cattle Compensation Fund, the Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund and the Swine Compensation Fund.

No projects were recommended to receive funding under the Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund in this round.

Cattle compensation fund

Project titleRecipientOverviewFunds approved

Risks and Records (Cattle)

Agriculture Victoria

To enhance on-farm biosecurity and National Livestock Identification System practices through the delivery of face-to-face workshops to enhance biosecurity planning, livestock traceability and animal health.

$104,000

Reducing the economic impact of Neospora infection in the livestock industry

Arthur Rylah Institute (DELWP)

To improve the detection, prevention and management of the Neospora disease in the Victorian livestock industry and maximise the production of dairy farms in Victoria.

$325,306

Antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria of Victorian cattle

Agriculture Victoria Research

To develop a better understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in common bacteria to assist in identifying gaps in knowledge and assist with the surveillance of AMR in Victorian cattle.

$40,000

Truck wash and effluent disposal review

Agriculture Victoria

To enhance biosecurity measures in the Victorian livestock industry by reviewing the existing statewide network of publicly accessible truck wash and effluent dump facilities.

$69,434

Livestock AMR Practices – Industry Review and Survey

Agriculture Victoria

To conduct a review of the Victorian livestock industry’s antimicrobial stewardship practices to help to maintain the industry’s strong global trading position.

$192,720

Mycoplasma bovis in Victorian dairy herds

University of Melbourne

To develop a more reliable method for detecting Mycoplasma Bovis in dairy herds – and recognises the importance of its detection in understanding the pathogen’s impact on Victoria’s milk quality and production.

$100,000

Autogenous Vaccine Development – Cattle

Agriculture Victoria

To identify a prioritised disease affecting beef and dairy cattle and develop an autogenous vaccine solution – and recognises that autogenous vaccines can directly reduce the pressure on the emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms.

$164,396

Total $995,856

Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund

Project titleRecipientOverview Funds approved

Validated molecular assays for Johne’s Disease in goats

Agriculture Victoria Research

To provide the sheep and goat industry with a rapid validated diagnostic test for Johne’s Disease to facilitate interstate movement of goats and overseas exports.

$40,118

Truck wash and effluent disposal review

Agriculture Victoria

To enhance biosecurity measures in the Victorian livestock industry by reviewing the existing statewide network of publicly accessible truck wash and effluent dump facilities.

$69,433

Livestock AMR Practices – Industry Review and Survey

Agriculture Victoria

To conduct a review of Victorian livestock industry’s antimicrobial stewardship practices to help to maintain the industry’s strong global trading position.

$192,721

Risks and Records (Sheep and Goat)

Department of Agriculture Victoria

To enhance on-farm biosecurity and National Livestock Identification System practices through the delivery of face-to-face workshops to enhance biosecurity planning, livestock traceability and animal health.

$103,500

Validation of In-field detection of Sheep lice

La Trobe University

To develop a rapid, highly sensitive field-based, early identification technology to detect sheep lice (Bovicola ovis) in sheep, potentially resulting in significant savings to the sheep industry.

$58,080

Autogenous Vaccine Development – Sheep

Agriculture Victoria

To identify a prioritised disease affecting sheep and develop an autogenous vaccine solution – and recognises that autogenous vaccines can directly reduce the pressure on the emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms.

$154,396

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

Agriculture Victoria

The NLIS (Sheep) tag subsidy is used to maintain the confidentiality of tag wholesale prices, leading to lower tendered prices for sheep tags which ensures that producers continue to have access to attractively priced tags.

$1,500,000

Total $2,118,248

Swine Compensation Fund

ProjectRecipientOverviewFunds approved

Truck wash and effluent disposal review

Agriculture Victoria

To enhance biosecurity measures in the Victorian livestock industry by reviewing the existing statewide network of publicly accessible truck wash and effluent dump facilities.

$39,434

Pig Biosecurity Management Planning

Agriculture Victoria

The provision of education and tools, and direct support to farmers, to develop their own biosecurity plans.

$223,068

Surveying Clostridial toxins in piglets

Monash University

To conduct research to survey for Clostridia toxins in piglets which could lead to the development of updated vaccines for the prevention of piglet scours.

$49,408

Pig Necropsy Learning Workshops

Agriculture Victoria

To deliver face-to-face, interactive post-mortem workshops that facilitate elevated knowledge and capability of pig veterinarians and enhanced disease surveillance.

$59,705

Total $371,615

The 2022 Grant Program is coming

Applications for the next funding round will open later this year. Full details will appear on this page upon launch of the 2022 Grant Program.

Any enquiries can be directed to LivestockBiosecurityFund@agriculture.vic.gov.au

A photo montage with photos of cattle, pigs, goats and bee hives.
Page last updated: 31 Jul 2022