Ten days left to lodge Annual Land and Stock Return
21 August 2015
Land managers across Western NSW have 10 days left to lodge their Annual Land and Stock Returns.
Annual Land and Stock Returns are a census for livestock and help build a statewide biosecurity picture about agricultural use and livestock numbers.
All land managers who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code are required to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return, even if they don't have any stock.
Land managers have until 31 August to complete their return and are encouraged to do so online at www.lls.nsw.gov.au.
If the Annual Land and Stock Return isn't lodged by 31 August, an animal health rate and meat industry levy is automatically applied to next year's rates notice.
Approximately 155,000 Annual Land and Stock Returns were distributed across NSW and to date 46% have been returned.
Of the 2,260 ratepayers in the Western Local Region, 37% have lodged their returns, with nearly 500 lodged online, which is faster and easier for customers and provides more accurate information.
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 and is an important tool in ensuring NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world.
Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers, now and in the future.
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.
For more information land managers should visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au or phone their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690