Biosecurity

Biosecurity relates to preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, invasive pests or weeds.

Good biosecurity practices prevent the spread of infectious disease and invasive pests or weeds between farms as well as protecting Australia from diseases and weeds that occur overseas. Biosecurity procedures address the containment of disease outbreaks when they occur. 

How do producers meet this LPA requirement?

As a livestock producer, you must implement on-farm biosecurity systems to minimise both the risk of infectious diseases being introduced to livestock production properties and the subsequent spread of any such diseases, this includes:

  • Have a documented Farm Biosecurity Plan for each Property Identification Code (PIC)
  • Ensure all livestock movements onto the PIC have a known health status (e.g. Livestock Health Statement/Declaration or equivalent)
  • Inspect all introduced livestock for signs of ill health or disease on arrival and keep in isolation for a minimum period of time
  • Regularly inspect livestock for ill health and disease and undertake appropriate action where necessary
  • Minimise the risk of livestock straying onto or from the property
  • Keep records of livestock movements, as well as vehicle and visitor movements where reasonable and practical.
  • Implement other procedures or practices that contribute to minimising the risk or spread of disease.

 

Ensuring your livestock are, and remain, free from serious infectious diseases allows you to maximise farm productivity and minimise animal discomfort, stock losses and medical costs. 

Biosecurity practices are auditable and will be part of the accreditation assessment process.

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FAQs

Producers are required to develop a Farm Biosecurity Plan.

Producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to Johne’s disease management, do not need to complete another Plan under the LPA program requirements.

Biosecurity risks during and after floods can include the spread of pests and diseases.

LPA accredited producers should review and update their biosecurity plans to include risks associated with flooding. All introduced feed should be recorded, and records of what livestock have been fed introduced stock feed should be kept.

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