The Goat Industry Council of Australia and Animal Health Australia have jointly developed an important new biosecurity tool to help minimise the risk of disease in goats. The National Kid Rearing Plan chiefly targets two major debilitating diseases found in goats: Johne’s disease (JD) and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE).
New arrangements for managing and preventing bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) in livestock are set to be implemented as the current national plan comes to an end on 30 June this year.
If you make compost or use it on pasture, you have an important role in helping prevent Mad Cow Disease (BSE). Composting is a good thing to do, for a number of reasons. However, there is a potentially significant legal issue that people who make compost and those who use it should be aware of.
Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) identifies animals so that we can trace them quickly if we need to. It applies to anyone with cattle, sheep, pigs or goats. Even if you are a hobby farmer or small landholder, the law requires you to comply.