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Annual land and stock returns vital in emergency management

Land managers throughout the Western Local Region should receive their Annual Land and Stock Returns this week. 

Returns are being posted to more than 140,000 land managers across NSW to collect information that helps build a statewide biosecurity picture about agricultural use and livestock numbers. 

This is essentially a census for livestock to be completed on June 30 by all land managers who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code. 

All stock six months or older on the property as of June 30 should be counted, regardless of whether they belong to the landholder, are agisted or are on the property for any other reason.  Pigs of any age should be counted as well as flocks of 100 or more poultry. 

Land managers have until 31 August to complete their Return and are encouraged to lodge them online at www.lls.nsw.gov.au. 

Acting General Manager, Local Land Services Western Region, Erlina Compton said it was important to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return, even if land managers have no stock. 

"If land managers don't lodge their Annual Land and Stock Return by 31 August, an animal health rate and meat industry levy will automatically be applied to their rates notice next year," Ms Compton said. 

"Along with the stock identification and traceability systems Local Land Services manages, the information is invaluable in the event of emergency disease outbreak, such as Avian Influenza or Hendra Virus." 

Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers, now and in the future.  NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world. 

That is why Local Land Services works with land managers to monitor herds and flocks and share up-to-date advice and information to increase productivity. 

"By collecting land and livestock information we are better able to understand the land usage and livestock numbers across the region to ensure our services are supporting and strengthening these industries and producers," Ms Compton said. 

For more information land managers should contact their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

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