A SERIES of farm biosecurity workshops will be held for Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) in August.
The four workshops are being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). At the workshops farmers will have the opportunity to develop an accredited farm biosecurity plan for their farm which will allow farmers to maintain their Bovine Johnes Disease (BJD) free status.
QDO member workshops will be held:
Gympie: August 8, 10am-1pm, QDAF Gympie.
Kingaroy: August 8, 6.30-9pm, QDAF Kingaroy.
Toowoomba: August 9, 10am-1pm, QDAF Toowoomba.
Warwick: August 9, 6.30-9pm, QDAF Warwick.
QDO president Brian Tessmann said that is was essential that both industry and government work collectively and constructively on issues of importance such as biosecurity.
The new Queensland biosecurity framework has a renewed emphasis on shared responsibility between industry and government.
“I encourage all QDO members to come along to these workshops as they will offer practical and necessary assistance and advice on how to better prepare and manage on-farm biosecurity,” Mr Tessmann said.
“The new Queensland biosecurity framework has a renewed emphasis on shared responsibility between industry and government, these workshops are an opportunity for farmers to embrace this new model.
“Both BJD and cattle ticks are major biosecurity concerns for Queensland dairy farmers. The recent changes to Queensland’s BJD regulation as well as the tick line mean these threats are front and centre for dairy farmers.”
Mr Tessmann said Queensland dairy farmers had always been committed to keeping their farm businesses free from pests and diseases and the workshops would assist us in continuing to do just that,”
QDAF staff Lawrence Gavey (BJD expert) and Malcolm Macleod (cattle tick expert) will be facilitating relevant sessions at the workshops and will provide disease management options and advice for farmers.