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Annual land and stock return more valuable than you think

Local Land Services is urging NSW landholders to complete their annual land and stock return by 31 August 2018 and help maintain the state’s capacity to respond to emergencies.

NSW landholders need to record their livestock numbers on 30 June and send to Local Land Services via post or online.

Return information is invaluable in the event of an emergency disease outbreak, such as avian influenza or Hendra virus. Combined with Australia’s stock identification and traceability systems, it is an essential part of NSW biosecurity management.

Landholders without stock still need to lodge a return, as this is also important information during emergencies.

“Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers,” said Local Land Services acting statewide Chair, Susan Madden.

“NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world.

“That is why Local Land Services works with land managers to monitor livestock and share up-to-date advice and information to increase productivity.”

For more information, land managers should contact their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299 or visit the Local Land Services website – www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Landholders can mail back their completed form or complete online.

Media interview and comments

Local Land Services Regional Communications staff

Central West - Fiona Townsend (0428 284 252)

Central Tablelands - Jane Hogan (02 6333 2305)

Hunter - Penny Evans (0417 413 026)

Greater Sydney - Nikki McGrath (0448 953 755)

Murray - Matt Lane (0438 582 719)

North Coast - Michelle Gapes (0429 824 321)

Northern Tablelands – Paul Hutchings (02 6720 8315).

North West - Emelia Rixon (0417 238 413)

Riverina - Simone Norrie (0419 648 813)

South East - Dave Michael (0418 513 880)

Western - Charlie Whiteley (0428 679 974)

Statewide media requests

Rod Campbell (0428 058 549)