From 1 October 2017, sheep, goat and cattle producers will need to complete a Farm Biosecurity Plan (FBP) to maintain or obtain accreditation under the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) and workshops to assist in plan preparation are on the way.
The series of workshops will be rolled out across Australia over the next two months with more than twenty workshops to be delivered by Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) and Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA).
These workshops are funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Animal Health Australia (AHA) and are designed to engage directly with producers to guide them through the development of a Farm Biosecurity Plan.
Cattle Council of Australia President, Howard Smith says with the impending implementation of industry biosecurity changes, the impetus is on producers to manage biosecurity risks.
SCA CEO, Dr Kat Giles says Producers attending the workshops will be provided with an in-depth understanding of what is required for farm biosecurity planning, to protect their business and Australia’s animal health status.
At the workshops cattle and sheep producers will be supported to complete the farm biosecurity plan, and will have the knowledge to carry out a farm biosecurity assessment and to finalize their plan when they return home.
Additional to the Farm Biosecurity Plan, cattle producers can choose to also have a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS). Cattle producers who have already developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to JD management will not need to complete another plan to meet LPA requirements.
Organizers say the workshops will include presentations from the Integrity Systems Company and the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN). This will be followed by practical, hands-on sessions to allow producers to develop their Farm Biosecurity Plans.
For more information about the workshops and dates, visit: http://www.lbn.org.au/