Western Australia

Frances Gartrell

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 Manager.

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 Kellaway.

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 thecattle entry requirements for Johne’s disease effective July 2017.”

“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 fgartrell@lbn.org.au.