Farmers must comply with changes to LPA program
UNDER CHANGES to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program, dairy farmers in Queensland are required to develop a farm biosecurity plan and undertake a slurry test by June 30, 2018, to maintain their Johnes disease free status.
Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation says dairy farmers may be required to undertake a farm biosecurity plan to comply with LPA requirements to send animals to the meat works from October 1.
However, it said the Australian Dairy Farmers is seeking for dairy farmers to be exempt from this requirement given the on farm auditing and biosecurity plan requirements in place for the dairy industry.
The QDO said it is likely that dairy farmers will be exempt from the new LPA requirements but they expect to have a definite response in August.
QDO is working closely with the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Dairy Australia to develop a farm biosecurity planning tool for farmers. Workshops for QDO members to develop farm biosecurity plans are expected to begin in August.
At these workshops farmers will develop a farm biosecurity plan for their farm and a slurry test will be taken s part of this plan by a Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry staff member within a month of the workshop for those that would like one.
These workshops and slurry tests will be free to QDO members and will meet a farmers’ biosecurity requirements and provide direction to farmers on key management practices on farm to undertake to manage biosecurity risks.
For further information, contact QDO on (07) 3236 2955.