On farm biosecurity planning tools

Every livestock producer should have their own on-farm biosecurity plan to help protect their livelihoods from the threats posed by diseases, pests and weeds.

Almost anything moved onto your property can be a potential source of introduction for pests, weeds or disease for livestock and plants. An awareness of the biosecurity risks that may arise as a result of the introduction of stock, people, equipment or other farm inputs is the first step towards actions to mitigate these risks.

Biosecurity practices and requirements continue through the supply chain, beyond when animals or products leave the farm gate. The ongoing commitment to these practices, keep the high level of industry biosecurity we have in Australia.

The LBN has produced two important tools to help livestock producers develop biosecurity plans for their properties:

The On farm biosecurity plan

The On Farm Biosecurity Plan (including Johne’s Disease) is a template that producers can use to custom build an on-farm biosecurity plan specific to their property. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the guideline for developing an on-farm biosecurity plan document.

This document is designed to assist people with no farm planning system in place as a minimum. Most enterprises will already have their own farm planning system or system of document control and record keeping. There is no need to duplicate these processes.

The template can assist in identifying other areas that can strengthen your current farm plan in the areas of livestock health, weed control and biosecurity management.

Follow the checklists from the training manual at the start of each priority area to identify tasks that are currently performed and tasks that are not currently part of your farm planning or document control system.

A Guideline for developing an on-farm biosecurity plan for producers

The guideline sets out a broad range of general guidelines to help producers develop a practical biosecurity plan for addressing disease, pest and weed prevention and control on their farms.

The guideline helps producers complete the ‘On-farm biosecurity plan’ (above) to document and implement your own farm plan.

The essentials of farm biosecurity are:

  • Farm inputs
  • Farm outputs
  • Feral animal, pest and weed control
  • People, vehicle and equipment movements and hygiene
  • Production practices
  • Training, planning and monitoring