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African swine fever
With a positive detection for Johne’s disease (JD) on a New South Wales north coast cattle stud having been confirmed by NSW DPI, questions about what this means for properties with a confirmed clinical case of JD have been asked, particularly in relation to the relatively new framework for management of the disease.
Livestock producers can often see biosecurity as something that happens in a particular moment in time, such as when new livestock enter the property, when livestock leave for or return from agistment, or when an animal begins showing signs of a disease or pest problem.
On-farm biosecurity has always been important, yet over the last few years its implementation has become far more visible. This serves the producer by keeping them aware of and managing people moving onto and about their property, and the associated risks.A more recent issue we’ve seen is activists who have, in several high-profile cases nationwide, taken it upon themselves to enter properties without consent in order to bring attention to their opposition to livestock farming.
AHA has teamed up with representatives from the Australian Livestock Markets Association (ALMA) and the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) to develop a comprehensive biosecurity plan template for saleyards.
Diseases, pests and weeds can enter a farm and be spread by equipment and vehicles, either directly or in plant material, soil or manure. It is important to maintain equipment hygiene and ensure all vehicles that visit your property and access production areas are clean and well maintained.