North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE is now a new way to buy and sell live­stock thanks to the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, how­ever buy­ers should be aware that there are cer­tain biose­cu­rity risks.

Buy, swap and sell groups on sites such as Face­book, or ads on sites such as Gumtree are now a pop­u­lar way to trade goods, in­clud­ing live­stock as it is quick, ef­fi­cient and sim­ple.

But ac­cord­ing to Live­stock Biose­cu­rity Net­work re­gional man­ager, Rachel Gor­don, the ease in trad­ing comes with an in­creased risk of un­wanted pests, dis­eases and weeds.

“In some cases, ven­dors and buy­ers are sim­ply un­aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly if they are now used to trad­ing live­stock,” she said.

When buy­ing or sell­ing an­i­mals in this way, Ms Gor­don said it is im­por­tant to keep biose­cu­rity at the fore­front of your mind and to be aware of your le­gal obli­ga­tions when keep­ing live­stock.

“If you are buy­ing any live­stock at all, do you have a Prop­erty Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Code (PIC) for where they will be kept?

“This is a le­gal re­quire­ment even if you only have one an­i­mal, such as a horse.

“If you are buy­ing cat­tle, sheep or goats, are they cor­rectly tagged with Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme (NLIS) tags?

“Is the ven­dor pro­vid­ing you with ac­cu­rate NLIS pa­per­work to en­sure you can cor­rectly transfer the an­i­mals from their prop­erty to yours?

“Do the NLIS num­bers on the pa­per­work match the num­bers on the ear tags in the an­i­mals’ ears?” she added.

Ms Gor­don said other things to con­sider in­clude the live­stock’s his­tory and ask­ing the ven­dor to pro­vide a health state­ment that pro­vides ad­di­tional health in­for­ma­tion in re­gards to pests and dis­eases as well as any health treat­ment car­ried out within the pre­vi­ous six months.

Other prac­ti­cal steps that should be taken in­clude plac­ing your new live­stock in quar­an­tine for at least 28 days, which gives you time to ob­serve any clin­i­cal signs of dis­ease that may not have been ob­vi­ous when you pur­chased the an­i­mal.

“Mon­i­tor the yards and the pad­dock in which the an­i­mals were quar­an­tined for new weeds ger­mi­nat­ing so you are able to re­move them be­fore they es­tab­lish,” Ms Gor­don said.

“These sim­ple steps of us­ing health state­ments, hold­ing an­i­mals in yards on ar­rival, quar­an­tin­ing an­i­mals for 28 days, mon­i­tor­ing for dis­ease and mon­i­tor­ing for weeds costs you very lit­tle in time and money, but can save you a for­tune in both,” she added.

BUY­ERS BE­WARE: Rachel Gor­don, Live­stock Biose­cu­rity Net­work re­gional man­ager is warn­ing those who pur­chase live­stock on­line to keep biose­cu­rity at the fore­front of their minds.

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