Tasmanian beef producers review farm biosecurity status

BEING BIO-SECURE: New farm biosecurity and animal welfare requirements introduced under the Livestock Production Assurance Program. Picture: Cordell Richardson

BEING BIO-SECURE: New farm biosecurity and animal welfare requirements introduced under the Livestock Production Assurance Program. Picture: Cordell Richardson

A Livestock Biosecurity Network planning workshop at Riverside last week saw beef producers and industry representatives discussing how best to manage the incoming biosecurity and animal welfare requirements.

Central Highlands producer, Cattle Council of Australia Tasmania representative and Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Meat Council member Brett Hall said producers were keen to find out more about the new program.

“Producers with a JBAS [Johne’s Beef Assurance Score] of six can maintain that status if they complete their farm biosecurity plan by October 1,” Mr Hall said.

Biosecurity at individual properties was discussed, with producers identifying risk factors out of their control, such as rivers, public access to land and wild animals.

“Just because you identify factors out of your control doesn’t mean you can’t mitigate. The main thing is to get these plans in to keep your JBAS 6 status,” Mr Hall said.

New Livestock Production Assurance Program requirements come in on October 1.