Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Biosecurity and Drought

With the Tasmanian East Coast officially in drought, it’s important to do everything we can to help reduce the effects on producers. Maintaining farm biosecurity is one way to help reduce the burden during drought by preventing weeds, pests and diseases coming onto your farm. Some biosecurity steps that can be taken are;

Fodder:

  • Knowing prevalent weeds in the area fodder comes from
  • Feeding out into a dedicated paddock & checking for signs of pests & weeds
  • Requesting a Vendor Declaration Form

Stock:

  • Update your NLIS anytime stock is moved on/off farm (including agistment)
  • Ensure animals have an Animal Health Statement and check for signs of pests and disease
  • Ensure animals are vaccinated, drenched and treated for lice
  • Quarantine incoming stock in a separate paddock, ideally for 21 days

For more information on biosecurity and drought, visit: http://www.lbn.org.au/2018/06/biosecurity-and-feed-safety-during-drought/