Biosecurity help just a phone call away for WA cattle farmers

WA cattle producers now have ready access to biosecurity and extension support with the appointment of Frances Gartrell to the position of a Livestock Biosecurity Network’s (LBN) Biosecurity and Extensions


Frances’ key role will be raising awareness about on‐farm biosecurity and emergency animal disease
processes, as well as providing general information on animal welfare and surveillance issues, said LBN
Chairman Mr James Kellaway.

“LBN is fortunate to have someone of Frances’ caliber and experience join our team of extension
experts. This appointment was made in consultation with the Western Australian Farmers Federation
and is timely, especially in‐light of the changes to cattle entry requirements for Johne’s disease that all
cattle producers must be aware of.

“Frances’ first‐hand experience in industry compliance has her well placed to ensure WA producers are
equipped with the necessary tools and information to adapt to this new era of de‐regulation,” said Mr

Frances’ upbringing on the family sheep and wheat farm in Brookton not only cemented her passion for
agriculture, but instilled in her an awareness that strong biosecurity practices lead to profitable farms.
“My focus over the next few months is to provide on‐the‐ground training to WA producers about
implementing a property biosecurity plan ‐ a plan which will address the new cattle entry requirements
for Johne’s disease, due to take effect in July of this year.

“I’m really looking forward to assisting WA cattle producers take control of their own profitability by
enhancing their biosecurity credentials. I believe this renewed focus on biosecurity will lead to increased
national and international market options for the WA producer”, said Ms Gartrell.

WA producers wanting to know more about their biosecurity obligations under the new cattle entry
requirements are encouraged to contact Frances on 0497 700 113 or

More information on Johne’s disease is available on the Animal Health Australia Website.

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