Producer-led trials of South Australia’s new farm biosecurity management program, One Biosecurity, will begin this month.
The new biosecurity program, which is currently in development, will enable the state’s beef cattle, dairy and sheep producers to better manage, protect and promote their strong on-farm biosecurity practices.
The trial period is expected to take two to three months, with participants’ feedback being used to finalise the new program before it rolls out across the state in mid-2018.
A key component of the new program will be the ability for SA beef cattle, dairy cattle and sheep producers to register, manage and promote their farm biosecurity status online.
Quotes attributable to Biosecurity SA Chief Veterinary Officer Roger Paskin
One Biosecurity has been created to help South Australia’s livestock producers to make safer, more informed livestock purchasing decisions that will better protect their stock, their industry and their livelihoods.
We’re aiming to enlist up to 100 producers, from across the regions and different production systems, to trial the program, test the functionality of the online portal, as well as participate in the verification processes.
PIRSA field officers will be working with producers in their regions to identify trial participants and we’ll also be reaching out to those who have already signed up to the One Biosecurity newsletter to see if they’re keen to participate.
The trials will ensure the program gets practical industry feedback and endorsement, while also helping us raise awareness about the new voluntary program, which will ultimately help encourage uptake across the state’s beef, dairy and sheep producers when it goes live, later this year.
Quotes attributable to Livestock SA President Joe Keynes
Livestock SA has been working closely with PIRSA on this program and the trial phase is an exciting step forward to making One Biosecurity a reality in this State.
We believe this program will provide producers a smarter and more effective way of enhancing and promoting the outstanding biosecurity practices and animal health management they already employ on their farms, as well as meeting the broader industry challenges such as the growing demand for traceability and market access requirements.
One Biosecurity is being developed by PIRSA, through Biosecurity SA, in collaboration with Livestock SA.
Biosecurity SA will work with Livestock SA and other industry groups to identify trial participants.
Anyone who wants to find out more about One Biosecurity or register for a monthly newsletter can go to pir.sa.gov.au/1biosecurity