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All landholders encouraged to attend upcoming workshop series

Landholders will have the perfect opportunity to get a biosecurity plan in place for their properties through Western Local Land Services’ upcoming on-farm biosecurity workshop series that will see attendees walk out with a ready to use template for their properties.

The on-farm biosecurity workshop series, which will see 22 workshops held in 22 locations from Monday, 4 September to Wednesday, 13 September, will cover a range of topics relating to biosecurity, why it is so important and why it needs to be at the forefront of landholders’ minds at all times.

Landholders who already have biosecurity plans in place are also encouraged to attend the workshop so they can be informed of updated information which will allow them to improve or replace their current biosecurity plan.

Biosecurity plans have caused some confusion in recent times after it was announced landholders must have one in place before the transitional arrangements for Johne’s disease ended.

While transitional arrangements for Johne’s disease have ended, livestock producers effectively have until 1 October 2017, which is when the Livestock Production Assurance accreditation is due, to have a biosecurity plan in place to either maintain their current Johne’s beef assurance score (J-BAS) or receive a score of six.

Landholders’ J-BAS is important as it dictates where they can sell their cattle.

While Animal Health Australia, on behalf of the Cattle Council of Australia, is managing the J-BAS system, Western Local Land Services is assisting landholders to get their biosecurity plans in place by offering these workshops throughout the region.

While there has been some frustration from landholders surrounding the transitional arrangements, Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Lisa Caswell has assured producers the workshops will be simple and straightforward.

“There has been a bit of uncertainty surrounding this topic over the past few weeks,” Ms Caswell said.

“We’ve heard landholder concerns and that is why we are putting on a large and widespread workshop series to ensure all landholders have the opportunity to attend and get a biosecurity plan in place.

“Western Local Land Services staff will be able to assist all attendees through the process.

“Having a biosecurity plan in place for your property is one of the most important tools you can have and is vital to running a productive enterprise.”

All workshops are expected to run for two hours and there will be the opportunity for open and private discussions with Western Local Land Services staff both during and after the event.

For a full list of the time and locations of the workshops, head to our events tab or contact your nearest Western Local Land Services office.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.