You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire sheep 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 sheep 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.
This easy to read brochure includes case studies to assist 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.
As a sheep farmer, the best way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property. Always insist on a properly completed National Sheep Health Declaration and National Vendor Declaration when purchasing stock, offering sheep for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements.
The single biggest threat to the sheep industry’s sustainability is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers 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.
We're looking for our next Graduate Biosecurity Officer!
If you have a relevant degree or experience in the animal health or agriculture industry, a great team player and have excellent organisation and communication skills, we'd love to hear from you! - https://t.co/3BIgw1IzRI
Feral animals and weeds aren’t just a nuisance, they can also introduce diseases, parasites and weeds to your property. Make sure you have the upper hand https://t.co/IRCb7nc0Cg @planthealthaust#biosecurity
Stay alert for this little invader: the Large Earth Bumblebee. Recently detected in Sydney's Northern suburbs @nswdpi need to know if he has friends in our neighborhood. If you see it, please try to take a photo and if safe to do so, catch one and put it in your freezer for ID.
To reduce the risk of any brown marmorated stink bugs arriving from overseas, we've introduced new measures for used vehicles and machinery arriving from Japan. They'll need to be inspected and cleaned at an MPI-approved facility in Japan before export >> https://t.co/nDQ8xCtWg7
Foreign fishing vessels can carry a range of hitchhiking pests. Check out #BiosecurityMatters to read about what we did when an abandoned #fishing boat washed ashore of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands | https://t.co/9LkPmC4mG2