Pip Courtney brings landholders together to scrub up on biosecurity

Landline’s Pip Courtney will facilitate a panel of expert speakers at a webinar next week designed to help absentee landholders understand their farm biosecurity obligations.

With the possibility of an emergency animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth or lumpy skin disease arriving on our shores, Local Land Services have been arming farmers and industry with the information they need to help protect the country in the event of an incursion.

The agency is now taking this information online to reach a new audience – urban dwellers who own rural property as well as hobby farmers and landholders who farm part-time.

Part-time farmers can have many competing priorities and may not have time to research their responsibilities when it comes to biosecurity.

But Local Land Services is determined to fill this knowledge gap, and to make the information as accessible as possible.

Local Land Services State Veterinarian, Scott Ison, said, “Whilst the initial flurry of attention on FMD might have eased, the risk has remained the same. We need everyone who manages property in this state to understand that they play a role.

Whether you have one alpaca and a couple of chooks, or 1000 head of cattle, everybody has a responsibility. Not knowing your requirements doesn’t exempt you from the law.”

Pip Courtney - Rural Reporter and host of ABC’s rural current affairs TV program Landline – will host the line-up of expert speakers including;

  • Dr Chris Parker - First Assistant Secretary Biosecurity Animal Division, National Animal Disease Preparedness Coordinator, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry
  • Dr Eliz Braddon – NSW Department of Primary Industries, Manager Animal Biosecurity Preparedness & Response
  • Dr Scott Ison – Local Land Services State Veterinarian
  • Mick Elliott – Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer.

The panel will give an update on the status of FMD and LSD around the world, discuss the obligations landholders have around biosecurity, and talk about what might happen if a disease incursion should occur.

They will discuss the role of pest animal management and provide essential information on what to look for and what to do if people suspect a disease in their animals.

Details:

Tuesday 20 September 2022, 8 pm

Register for the webinar.


You can read more about Emergency Animal Diseases on our website.

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