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Biosecurity key to market access for livestock award finalists

August 31, 2012

Animal Health Australia congratulates the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (animal) finalists, who now automatically qualify for the coveted Australian Farmer of the Year Award.

Ivan Rogers (Tammin, WA), Rod Hoare (Binda, NSW) and Robert Reed (Orleans Farms, WA)  have been recognised as leaders in the practice of on-farm biosecurity.

Ivan-RogersIvan Rogers – Western Australia
Ivan Rogers is the principal of RA Rogers & Co, a mixed farming enterprise based in the Western Wheatbelt of Western Australia. RA Rogers & Co incorporates Kylagh Cattle Co and consists of 4200ha with a focus on grain and grass finishing cattle.

Meeting biosecurity requirements for market access has given Ivan sound experience in the biosecurity practices required on-farm.

Ivan said the company’s biosecurity plan was integral to the supply of slaughter cattle to exporters and local WA processors, and gave his customers confidence that the cattle were being prepared at minimum risk of biosecurity breaches.

“Consumer and customer confidence in the biosecurity of any food production system, especially livestock, is paramount,” he said.

Clear guidelines have been established on farm to enable the multitude of visitors and varied operations to continue while minimising risk.

Ivan is determined to have clear requirements around production systems to protect market access and product integrity. He is a strong advocate for programs that allow clear traceability and adherence to biosecurity in order to protect regional and international trade.

Rod and Helena HoareRod Hoare – New South Wales
Together with his partner Helena Warren, Rod Hoare farms 130ha at Binda, New South Wales, where they operate two businesses: Cadfor Murray Greys and Cadfor Equestrian.

Good planning is a major contributor to Rod’s solid biosecurity achievements and ensures that all aspects of on-farm biosecurity were considered during set-up and subsequent farm operations. The planning of double boundary fencing and visitor areas allows daily biosecurity practices to be easy followed and gives visitors and clients confidence in the farming operation.

His motto is “get the basics right with the farm and set-up so biosecurity risks can be easily managed”.

A comprehensive system has been established to accommodate for all the disease risks that may be brought onto or move within and off the property. This includes vaccinations programs, record keeping and the segregation of animals and their waste.

Rod also boasts an impressive biosecurity CV from his days before farming, having worked with NSW Department of Primary Industries and as the quarantine manager for the equestrian events at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Bob ReedRobert Reed – Western Australia
Around 100km east of Esperance, Robert Reed runs a mixed farm incorporating cropping, sheep and cattle. Robert monitors animal health regularly to prevent the spread ofpests and disease, achieving the impressive result of keeping his livestock lice free for the past 12 years.Concerned about the growing presence of ovine Johne’s disease, Robert said he joined the WA ASHEEP committee to be more proactive in preventing an outbreak.

“Don’t wait for disease to overwhelm your stock – it is easier and cheaper to act fast,” he said. Robert actively promotes good biosecurity practice to the industry and the region, and has successfully help implement regional animal health programs.

Hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural, and sponsored by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award (animal) is part of the Australian Farmer of the year awards. It recognises the efforts of producers dedicated to keeping their operations free of diseases, pests and weeds.

All winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on September 12 at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.