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.
The essentials of farm biosecurity are documented on the Farm Biosecurity website:
- Farm inputs
- Farm outputs
- Feral animal, pest and weed control
- People, vehicle and equipment movements and hygiene
- Production practices
- Train, plan and record
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 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.
This document is designed to assist people with no farm planning system in place. 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.
However, the template can assist in identifying other areas that could 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.
Find more Biosecurity Planning Tools and Information here.