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Biosecurity is important for small landholders too

October 2, 2014

Livestock Biosecurity Network LogoProactive and cooperative relationships between small landholders and neighbouring primary producers help reduce biosecurity risks.

That was one of the messages delivered by WA Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) State Regional Officer Megan Harrod at the recent WA Small Landholder Information Day.

The event, held near Albany in the Torbay Catchment, was a collaborative effort between the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) and South Coast Natural Resource Management with a number of guest speakers from the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA).

Ms Harrod says it’s important for livestock producers whether large or small to have good relationships and work together to improve on farm biosecurity.

“No matter what the size of the farming enterprise, all producers need to be vigilant when it comes to potential biosecurity risks,” she says.

Attendees at the day also learned about disease and pest surveillance, assessing biosecurity risks, correct chemical use and parasite control including blowflies, lice and worms.

Post-event surveys showed 100 per cent of respondents said they now knew where to go for biosecurity and animal health information, and 100 per cent would also report suspected illness or disease in their livestock compared to 83 per cent at the beginning of the day.

“Although there is a wealth of information about biosecurity and animal health available, small landholders don’t always know where to start looking for it.

That’s why days like this are so important, to show them where they can go for help or advice and I hope to collaborate on many more events such as this,” Ms Harrod explained.

To help protect their livestock and small farm investment, property owners are encouraged to read the small landholder fact sheet.

The importance of LBN being present at this event aligns with the organisation’s role to increase knowledge and understanding of animal health, welfare and biosecurity among producers.

While livestock producers are a key target for LBN information, the organisation also participates in a national network of government and industry partners helping protect livestock industries from emergency animal diseases.

In order to connect with producers, the LBN is represented by its team of six regional officers at events across Australia. Visit the LBN events calendar to find out when an LBN Officer is hosting a workshop or information stall near you.

To find out more about the Livestock Biosecurity Network, visit www.lbn.org.au.


 

This article was adapted from a news item on the LBN website.