The Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) is now in full swing getting amongst Australia’s livestock producers and providing up-to-date information on best-practice strategies to help secure their farm and secure their future.
The LBN was established last year by the peak industry councils, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Cattle Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia.
The councils pooled reserves to fund the initiative for an initial three years using producer transaction levies, in response to industry concerns about the possible impact of diseases and pests on the farming economy.
The LBN has regional officers working in all states and territories, where they are building networks of public–private partnerships. Through these partnerships they provide information about the biosecurity risks to sustainable farming and livestock health and welfare.
The LBN is designed to support all jurisdictions by enhancing regional industry capability in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak from exotic or endemic diseases.
Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager, Biosecurity Services, Duncan Rowland said the LBN is playing an integral role in spreading the farm biosecurity message to a range of livestock sectors in the food chain.
“The LBN officers are the troops on the ground, meeting face-to-face with the livestock producing community to build awareness and understanding of good on-farm biosecurity practices,” said Mr Rowland.
“The Farm Biosecurity Program is working closely with the LBN to further enhance this message and we are excited to have another willing and able ally on-board as we help producers secure their farm and secure their futures,” said Mr Rowland.
For more information, go to the Livestock Biosecurity Network website