National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual

‘The National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production is an important tool for meeting our shared responsibility for biosecurity. It has been developed to help reduce the risk to farming operations of disease entering a property, spreading through the livestock population, and/or being passed to surrounding livestock operations.’

Goals

1. To prevent the introduction of infectious diseases to grazing livestock production properties

2. To prevent the spread of diseases from an infected property to an uninfected property

What the manual is:

  • Voluntary
  • A broad set of guidelines addressing disease prevention and/or reduction on farm • Practical and cost effective
  • Developed through consultation using a science-based approach to reducing disease spread
  • For industry bodies to use as a reference document in designing their sector-specific on-farm plans

 

What the manual is NOT:

  • A list of ‘must do’s’
  • A prescriptive set of practices
  • Taken from another sector and redesigned for this application • Idealistic – developed without consultation, impractical or hard to implement
  • Expensive to implement

‘This manual sets out biosecurity practices for all grazing livestock enterprises. It is a reference document designed for use by all extensive grazing industries that will set an agreed level of biosecurity for their members.’

This manual is designed using livestock management principles and strategies to implement and achieve these strategies: a copy of the manual can be found here.

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