Biosecurity Columns and Media Releases
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught Australians anything, it is that maintaining good hygiene practices and minimising the spread of disease are essential in our everyday lives.
Maintaining a safe distance from each other, monitoring for symptoms, isolating if we feel unwell and getting tested have helped South Australians keep community transmission of the virus to a minimum.
These same practices can be applied to the livestock industries, as pest and disease monitoring and good hygiene practices are just as important for maintaining good biosecurity and animal health.
Good biosecurity is a producer’s strongest defense against the risks associated with the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases. Safeguarding the industry against pest and disease incursion has previously been seen as the responsibility of government, however, ensuring good animal health and biosecurity is everyone’s business.
To support producers to be proactive in their management of biosecurity and save them time and money in the long run, two new industry-based roles have been created to promote the benefits of good biosecurity to the South Australian red meat and wool sectors.
South Australian livestock producers now have access to increased on-farm biosecurity support thanks to the appointment of two new biosecurity extension officers.