Work­shop talks about biose­cu­rity changes

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.”

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