Livestock feed and bedding transporters are reminded to be vigilant when it comes to managing good biosecurity practices for transport and distribution. Equally, the reminder goes out to livestock producers to ensure they have the correct evidence and documentation from their feed and bedding suppliers and have incorporated their own biosecurity plan for vehicles coming on to their property.
Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) Executive Manager, Biosecurity Services, Duncan Rowland said the very nature of feed transport, visiting different properties and transporting a variety of products means biosecurity management is critical in stopping the spread of unwanted pests, disease and weeds.
“First and foremost, feed and bedding transport vehicles should be cleaned thoroughly inside and out, in between loads. This includes implementing cleaning regimes for the wheels and undercarriage of the vehicle in between properties, as mud, manure and seeds can easily be spread by vehicles stopping at numerous properties in a single journey.
“All feed transporters should ensure that the ban on feeding of animal products (ruminant feed ban) is complied with. For transporters, this means ensuring any feed material does not contain and has not been in contact with restricted animal materials (RAM).
“For livestock producers, where practicable, purchase feed commodities from preferred suppliers who maintain a quality assurance program that includes a biosecurity component. Producers should also insist on a commodity vendor declaration before accepting feed and bedding supplies.
“When it comes to managing feed and bedding inputs on the property, producers should have a designated area for delivery vehicles, where washing facilities are available and the area can be managed for any contaminants. Preferably this area should be well isolated from production areas.
“Producers who purchase bedding for their livestock should ensure its fit for purpose and have it immediately stored in a dry, secure area that is free from vermin. Feed spills should also cleaned up immediately to avoid vermin and other pests,” said Mr Rowland.
For more information about managing vehicles coming on to your property watch the Vehicle and equipment biosecurity on farms video on the Farm Biosecurity website (www.farmbiosecurity.com.au). For more information about feed supplies visit the Stock Feed Manufacturers Council of Australia website at www.sfmca.com.au.
Stay tuned to the Farm Biosecurity website for two new videos on farm inputs and outputs which will be available later this year!