Biosecurity & LPA
What is biosecurity?
Biosecurity relates to preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, invasive pests or weeds.
Good biosecurity practices prevent the spread of infectious disease and invasive pests or weeds between farms as well as protecting Australia from diseases and weeds that occur overseas. Biosecurity procedures address the containment of disease outbreaks when they occur.
When did biosecurity become part of LPA?
From 1 October 2017, biosecurity has been included in the LPA program. Every LPA-accredited producer must ensure biosecurity requirements are fulfilled both on farm and during the transport of livestock between properties and feedlots, including to slaughter and live export.
Integrating biosecurity requirements strengthens the promise made to customers, protects the industry and environment, and streamlines the process of record keeping and reporting for livestock producers.
What records do producers need to keep to meet biosecurity requirements?
Producers are required to develop a Farm Biosecurity Plan.
What do producers need to do on farm to meet LPA biosecurity requirements?
LPA accredited producers are required to confirm they have a Farm Biosecurity Plan and implement effective biosecurity practices in their on-farm management. Where reasonable and practical, keep records of livestock movements, as well as vehicle and visitor movements.
There is a checklist of activities that can assist producers in meeting the biosecurity requirements of LPA.
- PIC has a documented Farm Biosecurity Plan
- All livestock movements onto the PIC have a known health status (e.g. Livestock Health Statement/Declaration or equivalent)
- All introduced livestock are inspected for signs of ill health or disease on arrival at the property and kept in isolation for a period of time
- Livestock are inspected regularly for ill health and disease and appropriate action undertaken where necessary
- The risk of livestock straying onto or from the property is minimised
- There are systems in place to notify a veterinary practitioner, or animal health officer, if unusual disease, illness or mortality is observed
- Where reasonable and practical, the movement of people, vehicles and equipment entering the property are controlled and, where possible, movements recorded
- Any other procedures or practices that contribute to minimising the risk or spread of disease
What is in a Farm Biosecurity Plan?
To meet the requirements of LPA, as minimum each Property Identification Code (PIC) must have a formal, documented Farm Biosecurity Plan that addresses each of the following:
(a) Manage and record the introduction and movement of livestock in a way that minimises the risk of introducing and/or spreading infectious diseases;
(b) Where reasonable and practicable, control people, equipment and vehicles entering the property, thus minimising the potential for property contamination and, if possible, keep a record of such movements; and
(c) Prevent and control animal diseases on-farm by regularly monitoring and managing livestock.
How do the LPA and Johne’s disease requirements fit together?
Those producers who have developed a Farm Biosecurity Plan as part of their approach to JD management, will not need to complete another under the LPA program requirements. Producers looking for more information on Johne’s disease management and transitional arrangements for J-BAS are urged to visit the Animal Health Australia website, who are delivering the changes on behalf of Cattle Council of Australia.
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