Farm­ers must com­ply with changes to LPA pro­gram

Dairy News Australia - - AROUND THE REGIONS -

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.

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