Better biosecurity practices for farmers

Agriculture Victoria will be holding a series of free webinars over the next month to help improve your farm biosecurity.

The ‘Biosecurity How-to’ webinar series will step participants through some of the practical things they can do to minimise farm biosecurity threats, such as creating a record keeping system and an animal health plan, developing a farm map and building a farm-specific biosecurity plan.

Hosted by the BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef networks, each webinar will feature industry specialists who will lead the one-hour ‘How-to’ presentations.

Agriculture Victoria Farm Networks Program Manager Kirstie Anderson said the webinars would provide farmers with an opportunity to better understand how to put their farm biosecurity plans into action.

“While the focus of recent workshops and webinars has been on farm biosecurity planning, these webinars will drill down into how farmers can put some of the aspects of their plan into action,” she said.

Starting on 28 September, and running from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm each Wednesday, the webinars will cover:

  • How to create a record keeping system that can be easily accessed and shared
  • How to create an animal health plan that details what treatments are needed and when
  • How to create a farm map that shows your biosecurity risk areas
  • How to create and implement an on-farm biosecurity plan.

“Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and implementing good practices on your property and ensuring visitors and employees follow those practices is key to preventing serious consequences for our animals, trade and economy,” Ms Anderson said.

“These webinars will show livestock managers how to keep good records and have a farm map – these tools are vital to Emergency Animal Disease preparedness,” Ms Anderson said.

For more details or to sign-up for one or more of the ‘Biosecurity How-to’ webinars visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/events.

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