You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire alpaca industry from biosecurity threats.
On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices to protect the health of your livestock, limit production losses and help maintain market access for Australia’s alpaca producers.
The recommended on-farm biosecurity practices for alpaca owners are contained in the National Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production.
The 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. It outlines recommended measures under five management areas: Livestock; People, equipment and vehicles; Feed and water; Pests and weeds; Management.
For Alpaca producers looking to begin an on-farm biosecurity plan, download the On-farm biosecurity plan template.
This easy to read brochure includes case studies to assist Alpaca producers to develop practical, easy to implement workable practices to protect their investments. Five key management areas identified in the brochure are: farm outputs, farm inputs, people, vehicles & equipment, production practices and ferals, pests & weeds.
The National South American Camelid Declaration and Waybill has recently been updated for use by Alpaca producers to provide information about the health status of their herds. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered for sale.
It’s based on the six biosecurity essentials, covering every aspect of your day-to-day activities.
To make your biosecurity plan, simply select the actions that apply to you from the suggestions, or type in your own actions. Your selections become a to-do list that you can share with others. You can attach photos as reminders or to let others know what needs to be done.
If you have multiple properties or sites, that’s not a problem. You can add as many as you like.
Using the FarmBiosecurity app, you can take your own biosecurity action list with you wherever you go.
And if you do spot anything unusual while you are out and about, the hotline numbers for livestock producers are at hand.
The best defence against pests and diseases which threaten your Alpacas is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.
Use the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner to assess the risks on your farm and to take steps to address them. Refer to the planner periodically to check on progress and prioritise actions.