Workshop talks about biosecurity changes
PRODUCERS were informed about new biosecurity guidelines that will come into effect as of October 1 at a workshop held at the Mareeba Leagues Club on Wednesday.
The workshop covered changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS).
About 100 farmers and producers from the Mareeba Shire attended the workshop.
Workshops were also held in Malanda, Innisfail and Woodleigh Station this week.
Integrity Systems Company customer service manager George Basha said the workshop was about alleviating farmers concerns about upcoming changes.
“People need a biosecurity plan in place,” he said.
“There are two new elements to the LAP which is animal welfare and biosecurity.
“The one biosecurity plan will work for LPA and J-Bas accommodating both programs. Changes won’t impact everyone straight away except they have to have the biosecurity plan completed and stored on their farm as of October 1, 2017. People will be notified when their credications are due.”