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Helping landholders understand new biosecurity requirements

Local Land Services has played a pivotal role in supporting more than 9,000 landholders through a range of biosecurity changes as they face the challenges of a difficult season.

More than 9,000 producers sought personal advice at workshops coordinated and supported by Local Land Services to help graziers understand and adapt to recent industry-led changes and the new biosecurity legislation requirements.

The workshops helped landholders develop on-farm biosecurity plans, which are a requirement under Meat and Livestock Australia’s Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program.

On-farm biosecurity plans were due by 1 October and were also a requirement for maintaining a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score.

The workshops gave Local Land Services, and supporting industry stakeholders, the opportunity to inform landholders of important aspects that make up the new requirements, as well as changes under the new biosecurity legislation.

While Animal Health Australia was responsible for rolling out the new LPA requirements, Local Land Services supported landholders through the transition by staging 161 workshops across the state, as well as taking thousands of phone calls and responding to emails.

Local Land Services Executive Director, David Witherdin was pleased Local Land Services staff played such an important role in assisting landholders through the changes.

“Our staff on the ground are there to support farmers and, while we weren’t the lead agency in this process, it has shown we are often the first point of call,” Mr Witherdin said.

“We are well positioned to provide independent advice for our ratepayers and we are finding that they turn to us first as their most trusted source of information.

“The upgrades to the LPA will ensure Australia maintains its global reputation as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability.”

Producers who don’t have a biosecurity plan in place should phone the Meat and Livestock Australia hotline on 1800 683 111 or visit the Meat and Livestock website for more information.

Media contact: Donna Ambler, 0438 097 907