Farm biosecurity is a set of measures that can be put in place to prevent diseases, pests and weeds from coming onto your property, and to effectively deal with them should they arrive.
You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire lot feeding industry from biosecurity threats. At the industry, regional and national levels, biosecurity measures protect the health of livestock, limit production losses and help maintain market access for Australia’s lot feeders.
On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices to help you secure your farm and secure your future.
As a lot feeder, 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 Cattle Health Declaration when purchasing stock, offering cattle for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements.
National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme
Biosecurity standards, as identified in the industry’s biosecurity plan, form an important component of the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS), the quality assurance program (QA) for Australian feedlots. The Australian Lot Feeders' Association has pioneered on-farm quality assurance in the livestock industries, including strict compliance checking with government endorsed animal welfare standards.
The single biggest threat to the lot feeding industry’s sustainability is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, the Australian Lot Feeders' Association 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.
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The next researcher we’d like to introduce from the FMD Ready Project is Manon Courias. Manon is part of the team working on sub project 3 - ‘Outbreak Decision Support Tools’.
Manon is working as an intern with CSIRO Land and Water for 5 months on a case study of the costs to the dairy industry from an FMD outbreak. Manon is an agricultural engineering student at AgroParisTech, Paris’ institute for Life, Food and Environment Sciences.
“I have been pleased to work specifically on the Australian dairy industry, which is different from the French one that I studied during university. Drawing a framework for socio-economic analyses on this sector has been both challenging and interesting, leading me to get in touch with lots of dairy experts. This project has overall strengthened my interest in the dairy industry.”
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Another mutually beneficial outcome for #Australia and #Indonesia at the 21st Working Group on #Agriculture, #Food and #Forestry Cooperation (#WGAFFC) today. A new protocol for seed #potato exports from Vic and SA was signed allowing trade from these states to commence.
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