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Landholders come out in force to attend biosecurity workshops

Western Local Land Services largest ever workshop series has been strongly supported with 493 landholders attending one of the 24 events over the eight days they were held.

The biosecurity workshop series, which saw 24 events held in 24 locations throughout the Western region in early to mid-September, gave landholders the opportunity to walk out with a ready to use template to get a biosecurity plan in place for their property.

This template combined the requirements of the two industry bodies, Animal Health Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) that have implemented these requirements.

The workshop series was developed in response to livestock producers requiring an on-farm biosecurity plan to implement the new Johne’s beef assurance score (J-BAS) system to maintain a score of 6 or explore their options to move to a 7 or 8.

While J-BAS refers to cattle producers, the biosecurity workshops were important for all red meat producers as they also must have an on-farm biosecurity plan in place by 1 October 2017, in accordance with the MLA Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation system.

Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, Lisa Caswell was pleased there was such strong interest in the workshop series.

“Coordinating such a large scale workshop series across such a large area was quite challenging which made it very rewarding to get the number of attendees that we did,” Ms Caswell said.

“While it is satisfying to see those numbers, the more rewarding thing for myself and other staff members is that these landholders will now have a biosecurity plan in place for their properties and hopefully have a stronger understanding of biosecurity.

“Despite the fact that these plans were not implemented or regulated by Local Land Services, we saw it necessary to facilitate these workshops with our ratepayers.

“We got a lot of great feedback regarding these workshops and it was great to work with them to assist in getting this in place.”

Landholders that were unable to attend one of the 24 workshops and want further information on the changes should contact their nearest Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer or the LPA through their hotline 1800 683 111, via email or through their website.

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.