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MLA recommends biosecurity safeguards for livestock cartage

  • Posted on Friday 30th, November 2018.

Good biosecurity practices are now considered some of the most important aspects of running a livestock enterprise, according Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

Biosecurity, including a Farm Biosecurity Plan, forms part of Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation.

“Producers share a responsibility to protect Australian livestock from the introduction and spread of diseases, pests and weeds,” MLA said in a statement.

“Biosecurity measures underpin best practice in animal welfare, and contribute to protecting Australia’s reputation as a producer of some of the world’s safest and cleanest food.

“A biosecurity breach could lead to massive costs not just to producers, but to Australia's supply chain and reputation. Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks in the UK in 2001 and 2007 provide a cautionary tale of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a breakdown in these systems.”

Biosecurity needs to be considered both when bringing stock onto a property and when moving stock within a property, according to MLA. “It is a good idea to quarantine introduced livestock on arrival for at least seven days.”

The MLA also recommends that livestock brought onto a property should have a Livestock Health Statement/Declaration or equivalent; and be treated with appropriate drenches and vaccinations.

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