An announcement from our CEO

Duncan Rowland, Chief Executive Officer

Dear valued stakeholders,

I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN). Since its inception, the LBN team have been working hard to provide quality education and extension services to livestock producers across Australia, and it is gratifying to see so many producers hearing our message, sharing information with their friends, family, neighbours or colleagues, and endeavouring to improve biosecurity, food safety, animal health and welfare on their farms.

We are exceptionally proud of the reach and impact we have had in driving practice change among livestock producers; however, ongoing economic conditions has made delivering these services as an independent organisation challenging.

These challenges have resulted in LBN undertaking an extensive review of its operations. The review determined that LBN as a company will cease it operations effective 30 June 2018.

I’m pleased to report that while the livestock industry bodies search for a long-term, sustainable model for extension services, Animal Health Australia (AHA) will be delivering some biosecurity extension services, complementing the existing AHA Farm Biosecurity Program. Current LBN staff will be delivering these services, so I would encourage you to keep in touch with your relevant Biosecurity and Extension Manager. The managers can be contacted via:

  • Jess Rummery (Northern Australia): 0499 077 213
  • Rachael O’Brien (Queensland): 0418 722 461
  • Bonnie Skinner (New South Wales): 0477 077 690

If you’re looking for further information on biosecurity planning and implementation, I encourage you to keep in touch with AHA and the Farm Biosecurity Program online, via social media, or through signing up to the newsletter. I’ve included the relevant links at the bottom of this page .

Our partners and stakeholders throughout the livestock industry and its supply chain agree that extension services are vital for the future of the industry, and that LBN’s efforts have delivered real results for producers throughout Australia.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of my team of Biosecurity and Extension Managers. LBN’s efforts have delivered real results for producers throughout Australia and it has been my pleasure to lead this team.

The LBN team will be at their stations for the rest of the month, continuing to work for and support producers in developing and carrying out their biosecurity plans and improving their on-farm management of disease, pest and weed threats. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss anything further.

Cheers Duncan

 

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