Producers look for answers about changes to biosecurity rules
BOOMPA stud breeder Hayden Beresford (pictured) is pleased producers have been given a further three months to prepare and lodge their biosecurity plans.
But for him the extension came too late to nominate for the Ekka in August.
The limousin breeder said he had decided not to attend as nominations closed last week
“This was mainly due to the new requirements as at the time our biosecurity plan was to be completed by June 30,” he said.
Hayden, 16, said he had read pages of information.
“I have questions about when I show cattle,” he said.
“When brought back to the property they have to be quarantined for three weeks.”
AgForce has pushed for more clarity on requirements.
QUEENSLAND cattle producers now have an extra three months to prepare biosecurity plans after Animal Health Australia and the Cattle Council of Australia agreed to be flexible on new requirements for managing Johne’s disease.
At Boompa near Biggenden, Malcolm and Sharon Beresford operate a registered feedlot and run commercial cattle.
Their son Hayden has his own Bony Villa Limousin Stud.
Malcolm Beresford said they registered the feedlot’s biosecurity plan two years ago through AusMeat.
“We are hoping this registration will now overlap what is being now asked of us for this biosecurity plan,” he said.
“I think there are still many curly questions to be answered.”
Hayden Beresford said he had decided not to show his cattle at the upcoming Brisbane Exhibition.
“This is mainly due to the new requirements,” he said.
“I had to have my cattle nominated last week.
“At that time any biosecurity plans had to be completed by June 30.”
AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said many producers were only now becoming aware of new biosecurity obligations.
“Changes to biosecurity laws have shifted a lot of the costs and responsibilities for managing pests and diseases onto producers,” he said.
“The new national approach to Johne’s disease in cattle has seen most states remove regulations, including here in Queensland, with Animal Health Australia developing a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score for cattle producers to manage on-farm risks themselves.
“However, the NT and WA have decided to legislate minimum entry requirements that include a biosecurity plan, and in the case of WA, herd testing.
“In addition, a biosecurity plan will also soon be required for producers to be accredited under the Livestock Production Assurance program overseen by Meat and Livestock Australia.
“There has been a lot of confusion and frustration about the various new requirements. Many producers have been concerned they will not have a biosecurity plan in place by June 30, meaning their J-BAS could drop to zero and take years to build back up.
“AgForce approached Animal Health Australia and Cattle Council of Australia urging flexibility and more support for producers, with these organisations now agreeing to a three-month extension before the new Johne’s disease management framework takes full effect.
“Developing a biosecurity plan will just document the good work producers are already doing, but producers need more time to prepare.”
To fill out the biosecurity survey being conducted by AgFroce to gain a better understanding of current on-farm biosecurity knowledge go to surveymonkey.com /r/JPJDX8R.
CHANGES AFOOT: Hayden Beresford, who operates his Bony Vila Limousin Stud from his parents’ Boompa property, will not be showing his cattle at the upcoming Brisbane Exhibition due to questions over the biosecurity requirements.