Work­shops will equip pro­duc­ers

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

❝ It is vi­tal they are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain the sup­port needed ... — Howard Smith

A SE­RIES of work­shops will be rolled out across Aus­tralia over the next two months to as­sist red meat pro­duc­ers in de­vel­op­ing, im­ple­ment­ing and main­tain­ing on-farm biose­cu­rity.

The work­shops will be de­liv­ered by the Cat­tle Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and the Sheep­meat Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and are funded by Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia and An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia.

The work­shops are de­signed to directly en­gage with pro­duc­ers and pro­vide on-the-ground sup­port fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of two sig­nif­i­cant changes to the man­age­ment of on-farm biose­cu­rity.

From October 1, sheep, goat and cat­tle pro­duc­ers will need to com­plete a Farm Biose­cu­rity Plan to main­tain or ob­tain ac­cred­i­ta­tion un­der the Live­stock Pro­duc­tion As­sur­ance pro­gram.

Cat­tle Coun­cil of Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Howard Smith said, “With the im­pend­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­dus­try biose­cu­rity changes, the im­pe­tus is on pro­duc­ers to man­age biose­cu­rity risks.

“It is vi­tal they are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain the sup­port needed to de­velop and im­ple­ment their farm biose­cu­rity plans in the time frames pro­vided.”

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