Red meat producers are invited to join Livestock Biosecurity Network, the Integrity Systems Company and national and regional stakeholders for a series of biosecurity planning workshops across NSW.
Each workshop provides hands-on training for producers about developing an on-farm biosecurity plan for their property.
Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Cattle Council of Australia have established the workshops to assist producers in implementing important changes in the way they manage biosecurity risks on-farm and a new national approach to managing Johne’s disease in cattle.
From this month biosecurity and animal welfare requirements are being integrated into the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program for cattle, sheep and goats.
LPA is the red meat industry’s voluntary, independently audited on-farm assurance program, which provides evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices when transferring livestock through the value chain.
Under LPA, producers will need to fulfil new requirements for animal welfare and biosecurity, including the development of an on-farm biosecurity plan.
Integrity Systems Company will be in attendance to discuss changes to the LPA program.
The workshops will also outline a new national farm-based approach to Johne’s disease management in cattle using the voluntary risk management tool Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS).
One of the free workshops is being run in Jerilderie on Wednesday, November 1 from 9am to 3pm.