Livestock producers are being supported to prepare farm biosecurity plans before industry changes on October 1.
Livestock Health and Biosecurity Victoria will run workshops across the state, including in Euroa, to help producers prepare for changes to the Livestock Production Assurance program.
‘‘Our aim is to provide information and tools so producers can develop practical biosecurity plans that will be useful to their farm business,’’ project manager Catherine James said.
‘‘For most producers, developing a farm biosecurity plan will simply be capturing the good work they already do to minimise the risk of introducing or spreading diseases, pests and weeds on their properties.
‘‘It also provides a chance to review their current practices and look for opportunities to strengthen them.’’
A documented farm biosecurity plan is required for each Property Identification Code to meet the new requirements of LPA.
Cattle producers can also use the plan to meet requirements for a Johnes Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) if they choose to participate in the Johnes disease assurance system.
The workshops will include presentations from Meat & Livestock Australia’s Integrity Systems Company and will give producers hands-on experience developing plans.
The Euroa workshop will be held on Friday, August 18.
■More events and registration details are at: www.lhbv.org.au