You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire dairy 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 dairy producers.
The recommended on-farm biosecurity practices for dairy farmers are outlined in the dairy industry’s publication, Dairy Biosecurity: Healthy Farms. This booklet provides dairy farmers with a check list of on-farm practices that contribute to managing the risks associated with biosecurity. It covers risks associated with stock movements, herd health, farm inputs, visitors, effluent and waste, neighbours and dead animals.
Preventing emergency animal disease outbreaks
The single biggest threat to the dairy industry’s sustainability is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, Australian Dairy Farmers and Dairy Australia have 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.
Dairy cattle health
Farm biosecurity is important in preventing many of the common, endemic diseases affecting Australia’s dairy herd. These include bovine Johne’s disease, mastitis and a number of conditions resulting in weight loss. Biosecurity arrangements for Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) are also important following the eradication of EBL from the Australian dairy herd. Not all beef herds are free of EBL, so dairy farmers should test each individual beef animal before introducing them to their properties (or only source beef animals from herds that have been tested negative for EBL).
For more information visit Dairy Australia’s animal health web pages.
Located in Kin Kin, Queensland, owner Maureen has said “We have been opening our farm to the public during Alpaca Week and Alpaca Weekend since we joined the industry 10 years ago. We love alpacas and it has been a fascinating journey for me through my keenness in crafting.
We have learned a lot about raising alpacas in our particular region which has its own challenges being a subtropical, high rainfall area. Opening our farm gives us opportunity to meet people who want to learn about the alpaca.”
The next researcher we'd like to introduce as part of the FMD Ready Project is Emma Davis. Emma is part of sub-project 2 'Farmer Led Surveillance'.
Emma graduated from Veterinary Science with Honors in University of Sydney Class of 2001 with her second degree, her first being Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine Studies) through Charles Sturt University. Emma’s lifelong love of horses led her to equine practice and then rural mixed veterinary practice. In 2007 Emma joined the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and here worked on AusAID projects on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
"It is a unique experience to work with researchers of such a high calibre each in their own right - and between them - across a wide range of topics. The social science of biosecurity and particularly using innovation platforms are something I have not worked with before and am relishing the opportunity."
MEDIA RELEASE | Aquatic biosecurity awareness – what’s it all about?
"The first in a series of six Northern Australia Aquatic Biosecurity Awareness workshops kick off in Darwin on Wednesday 18 April. The workshops offer biosecurity awareness training." - https://t.co/oTO0UwBo6o