You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire beef cattle 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 beef producers.
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.
As a beef producer, the number one way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property. Always insist on a properly completed National Cattle Health Declaration when purchasing stock, offering cattle for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements.
Beef producers are also encouraged to download the Livestock Biosecurity Network's On Farm Biosecurity Plan to further help with their biosecurity planning.
The single biggest threat to the cattle industry’s sustainability is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, the Cattle Council of Australia has put into place a series of animal health policies at both the state and national levels to guard against threats to the industry's biosecurity.
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. If there is an outbreak of an emergency disease (for example foot and mouth disease), we can quickly trace back to identify animals that might already be infected, and trace forward to identify animals that are at the greatest risk of infection.
For more information see our Quick Guide to the National Livestock Identification System or read more about emergency animal diseases.