Assisting with farm biosecurity planning

Producers will leave the information session with all the resources needed to complete their own farm biosecurity plan.
Producers will leave the information session with all the resources needed to complete their own farm biosecurity plan.

Cattle producers are invited to attend a free information session across the Mid Coast next month to help ensure their farm is ready for the new Farm Biosecurity Planning requirement.

Hunter Local Land Services is offering advice to assist producers be prepared for the new Johne’s Beef Assurance System (J-BAS) and changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) system, both of which require a documented Farm Biosecurity Plan.

From October 1, producers will need to complete a plan for accreditation under the LPA program. Accreditation with LPA is a crucial part of Australia’s red meat food safety system and is required for continued use of National Vendor Declarations (NVDs).

The need for a plan is also a part of the new industry-driven approach to managing Bovine Johne’s Diseases. Producers who opt to have a J-BAS score need to have a plan in place. J-BAS is an important tool to help producers manage the risk of introducing the disease into their herd and to communicate their herd’s status to buyers.

As a third incentive, a  plan will also help producers fulfil their General Biosecurity Duty under the new Biosecurity legislation that came into force last month. The workshop will explain these three changes and help producers to find and use available biosecurity planning resources.

Dates and locations are: Gloucester Golf Club September 19 – 10.30am-12.30; Cooloongolook Hall September 23 – 10.30am-12.30; Wingham RSL Club September 26 – 10.30am-12.30; Hannan Vale Hall September 28 – 10.30am-12.30.  

Register interest for Caffey's Flat location.

Numbers are limited, bookings essential please call 6553 4233