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

Beef cattle

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 recommended on-farm biosecurity practices for beef cattle producers are contained in the National Biosecurity Reference Manual: Grazing Livestock.

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.

Latest news: There have been some significant national changes to managing Johne’s disease in cattle. For information about those changes go to Animal Health Australia’s Everything you need to know about JD in cattle webpage.

Visit the Meat & Livestock Australia site for more information on Livestock Production Assurance requirements.

For Cattle producers looking to maintain their Johne’s Beef Assurance Score, download the On-farm biosecurity plan template.

Biosecurity toolkit

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.



Biosecurity and farm inputs
Biosecurity and farm outputs
Biosecurity and people movement
FarmBiosecurity App
Feral animals and weeds
Production practices
Small farm biosecurity
Train, plan and record
Vehicle and equipment biosecurity

More information

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.