Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Graziers unite for joint biosecurity manual

August 31, 2012

Grazing manual coverAustralian graziers finally have a farm biosecurity manual they can truly call their own.

The National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production is the culmination of two years’ work assisted by AHA involving six peak industry bodies.

A farm biosecurity manual provides a set of voluntary, cost-effective guidelines to help reduce the risk of disease entering a property, spreading through the livestock population, and/or being passed to surrounding livestock operations.

Duncan Rowland, Executive Manager Biosecurity Services, says AHA saw an opportunity to streamline on-farm procedures for the six industry sectors by producing one manual.

“Farmers rarely run a single enterprise, so it made good sense to reduce the work load of a producer with multiple livestock operations to implement biosecurity practices on-farm,” Mr Rowland says.

“We didn’t want to rush the development of this manual, giving the industry sectors time to consult with their producers and stakeholders.”

The manual’s development took a scientific approach to the way the content was developed – identifying the risks and then looking at method(s) of spread and how to stop the spread (mitigation strategies).  These strategies are then distilled down to a small number of key recommended practices for implementation on-farm across the management areas of: livestock, people equipment and vehicles; feed and water; pests and weeds; and management.

The grazing manual sets out biosecurity practices for all grazing livestock enterprises, whether producing meat, milk or fibre. Specifically, it covers cattle (dairy and beef), sheep (wool and meat), farmed and rangeland goats (fibre, milk and meat) and South American camelids (alpaca and llama,).

Hard copies of the manual can be requested from Animal Health Australia or download the pdf document.