For many producers, particularly those with smaller operations, going away this Christmas may mean leaving your livestock under the supervision of others.
Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager of Biosecurity Services is reminding producers to reiterate the importance of on-farm biosecurity practices to their chosen farm caretakers.
“Many farmers will leave their livestock under the care of others, such as neighbours, friends and family, professional animal minding services, or possibly, inexperienced staff. Regardless of who is looking after the property, it is important that producers ensure that that the people who are minding their animals are briefed on your expectations about basic on-farm biosecurity principals.
“Your farm caretakers will need to be aware of simple practices like managing vehicles, people and equipment coming on to your property, ensuring the water supply is kept fresh and away from insects and faeces and ensuring feed or farm supplies are obtained through your existing and trusted suppliers as well as simply monitoring your stock,” said Mr Rowland.
Wool merino stud producer and 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year finalist, Richard Halliday, also highlighted the importance of having the right person look after your stock while you’re away.
“You need an experienced person that is aware of your own biosecurity practices. They need to know what you would do to resolve a biosecurity issue and know how to resolve it as quick as possible,” Richard said.
If you have a person that is not familiar with general on-farm biosecurity practices direct them to the six essentials to good on-farm biosecurity practices.