Bovine Johne’s Disease causes laws to change
BIOSECURITY was firmly in focus at the Women In Agriculture conference in Eidsolvd last week.
In particular the biosecurity laws that came into effect in July 1, 2016 were discussed, withthe act ensuring a more consistent, modern, risk-based and less prescriptive approach to biosecurity in Queensland.
AgForce representative for SEQ Caroline Harris said these laws were vital to well-being and were important to the region.
“It’s important for your health and those who have animals on their property, especially vital that they understand what the laws are,” Mrs Harris said.
“It also involves pests and weeds and also diseases within the region.
“The Equine Influenza escaped which was a breach of security rules and got out into the population and it affected things like shows, carnivals and horse riding.”
A breach of biosecurity can result in a fine of more than $1 million.
“Rules in Queensland have now changed as of July 1, 2016 and that means the responsibility is now on the landholder to keep their property clean from outside infection, from weeds or diseases,” Mrs Harris said.
“It’s also to contain any pests, weeds or infection on their own property.”
Mrs Harris believes it’s more prevalent in regional Queensland and that every landholder should take the laws seriously.
“The Equine Influenza was a massive problem a few years ago, and recently it was the Bovine Johne’s Disease which is a type of wasting disease, and that was prevalent in the southern states,” Mrs Harris said.
“We then had an outbreak of it two years ago and they’re realised now they can’t really eradicate it and are now in a managing system, with a new Act to commence as of July 1st.”
The new act will affect all landholders and will take place in less than a few weeks.
“If you’ve got a biosecurity property plan in place by June 30 you can go to the highest level, if you don’t you’ll automatically go to the bottom level and it’s a process that you have to go through,” Mrs Harris said.
The process takes six years for landholders to go back to normal certification.
LAW CHANGE: AgForce’s Caroline Harris discusses the importance of biosecurity at the WAG's forum in Eidsvold.