Your input needed to better manage biosecurity

Your input needed to better manage biosecurity

11 May 2021
  • Producers are invited to complete a brief survey about the biosecurity practices they are implementing within their sheep, goat or beef enterprise.
  • The 5-7 minute survey will gather the data needed to develop an app that will help producers predict and respond to biosecurity threats.
  • The app is being developed as part of a collaborative project between ISC and research partner ExoFlare.

Producers are encouraged to take part in a short survey to inform the development of an app that will predict and alert producers to biosecurity threats affecting the Australian red meat industry.

The survey takes about five to seven minutes and asks producers a range of multiple-choice questions about the biosecurity practices they have in place within their sheep, goat or beef enterprise.

The survey will help to inform a collaborative research project being conducted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Integrity Systems Company (ISC) in conjunction with research partner ExoFlare.

As part of its first phase, the project seeks to gather a range of information on biosecurity practices employed on-farm from producers and other stakeholders in the red meat industry.

This will provide the data needed to inform the creation of biosecurity risk models which will be used in the project’s final product, the Cross-sector Operational Biosecurity Risk Assessment (COBRA) app.  

The completed COBRA app will use data gathered to predict biosecurity risks such as foot and mouth disease and alert producers to these potential threats to their enterprise.

The app will also provide practical tools and advice to producers to enable them to respond quickly and effectively to any biosecurity threats to their business, from infectious diseases to pests and weeds.

Ensuring appropriate measures and decision support tools are in place to help prevent and minimise the threats posed by disease, as well as invasive pests and weeds, is vital to ensuring the integrity of the Australian red meat industry.

The survey is open for all producers to complete and can be found on the ExoFlare website.

For more information on the project, including this survey, please contact Yvonne Poon at mla.survey@exoflare.io. 

For details on what data is collected and how it is managed please read the survey’s privacy policy.

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