Cattle Council of Australia is continuing to ensure producers are fully aware of their personal on-farm biosecurity responsibilities following the industry led changes to the regulation structures.
With the reduction in regulation producers gained ownership of the management of their on-farm biosecurity. Responsibilities for managing pests and diseases on-farm are now the producer’s responsibility.
“The industry operates in a free market and producers make commercial decisions about the risks and opportunities associated with the livestock they are thinking of purchasing or selling” said Cattle Council of Australia President, Howard Smith.
“A voluntary set of tools and resources have been created to support producer awareness and importantly cover all disease, weed and other biosecurity risks”.
A key resource to support producer awareness is the seven-page on-farm biosecurity plan which producers are able to work through and gain an understanding of any biosecurity risks and management processes they are now responsible for implementing.
Remember, a ‘no’ doesn’t mean you fail; it simply helps you find ways to improve your biosecurity practices over time.
“The plan is not onerous and provides producers with key information to make them aware of their on-farm biosecurity risks” said Mr Smith.
“These are not ‘rules’ being imposed on producers by some higher body; these are voluntary guidelines for use by producers to support their individual best management practices. Producers can choose to ignore them, but they may risk restricting their market access as well as the obvious biosecurity risks”.
The plan also underpins upcoming changes required for LPA accreditation from 1 October 2017. Producers who are part of the Johne’s Disease management program will also need to complete the optional JD section at the end of the plan.
Importantly, without widespread adoption of on-farm biosecurity practices, producers may risk missing out on crucial compensation payments in the event of an emergency disease outbreak.
Complete an on-farm biosecurity plan in seven easy steps
On-farm biosecurity template – As a producer you are now responsible for implementing an on-farm biosecurity plan. This template will assist you to meet the industry changes. These records are to be kept on farm, you are not required to be sent these anywhere. Click Here
For further details contact Cattle Council of Australia on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6269 5600