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

Dairy biosecurity boosted as disease free deadline nears

November 11, 2011

Dairy Biosecurity Healthy FarmsDairy Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers have developed a new tool to help producers implement sound on-farm biosecurity practices. The biosecurity booklet is timely as Australia prepares to claim freedom from the cattle viral disease Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) following a 15 year campaign across the industry. Effective on-farm biosecurity is needed to protect dairy herds from the introduction of infectious diseases, and to validate the EBL disease-free claim.

Dairy Australia’s Robin Condron, Manager Risk Analysis, said Dairy Biosecurity: Healthy Farms details useful information on stock movement, contact with wildlife and vermin, fencing, waste treatment and dealing with dead stock.

“It helps explain biosecurity and the role it plays in protecting your farm and the whole Australian dairy industry from the introduction of exotic diseases such as foot and mouth disease. On-farm biosecurity assesses and manages risks from animal diseases, pests and weeds. It should form part of normal farm business risk management,” Robin said.

Some biosecurity tips from the booklet include:

  • preventing disease, weeds and pests coming onto your property by segregating and observing introduced animals before
  • monitoring farm inputs by observing witholding times for introduced products such as poultry shed effluent and animal manure fertilisers
  • controlling visitors by providing facilities for farm contractors and others to clean boots and equipment.

Farmers are urged to use the easy-to-read, 10 page booklet Dairy Biosecurity: Healthy Farms, together with animal welfare guides, to help reduce the disease risks to their farm business.

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services. Visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au