Biosecurity workshops for dairy farmers

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Three workshops on dairy biosecurity will be presented by Agriculture Victoria in June at Tallangatta, Numurkah and Rochester to help farmers implement practices to protect the dairy industry from critical pests and diseases. Photo by Bianca Mibus

Victorian dairy farmers are invited to join Agriculture Victoria’s upcoming workshops to learn about developing and updating their on-farm biosecurity plan.

The dairy industry is one of the state’s largest agriculture employers, with almost 13,000 Victorians working in the sector in 2021-22.

Agriculture Victoria said it was critical that dairy producers had an updated on-farm biosecurity plan to safeguard their businesses, the industry and Victoria from emergency animal diseases and pests.

With many dairy farmers currently active in building or upgrading feeding and housing infrastructure more people, such as contractors, are visiting farms.

Practical steps for high standard biosecurity include visitors disinfecting their boots and wearing clean clothing before allowing them onto the property, and minimising their level of contact with livestock.

Agriculture Victoria regional dairy manager Brett Davidson said having a biosecurity plan would help dairy farmers identify and prioritise important biosecurity practices on their farm, including record keeping of livestock, people and equipment movement onto properties.

“If you have contractors on and off your property, it is vital you have a biosecurity plan in place that you and your visitors are following,” Mr Davidson said.

“Another great way to ensure your farm is protected is to use biosecurity signage at your property’s entry and exit points with clear instructions.”

“These workshops are valuable so be sure to register to secure a place.”

The three workshops will be held on June 14 and 15 at Tallangatta, Rochester and Numurkah.

The workshops will cover emerging biosecurity threats, identify potential biosecurity risks, and develop a property-specific plan tailored to individual farm needs.

For more information and registration of interest, phone or text Richard Smith on 0436 803 765.