Preparedness and partnerships key to protecting $23 billion ag industry
Global trade and climate change bring the threat of emergency animal diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) closer.
Although the disease has not touched Australian shores since the 19th century, recent detections in Indonesia of FMD and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), have raised concerns about the risk to the nation’s livestock industries.
Biosecurity Queensland responded to these detections by testing current biosecurity measures, implementing the $22 million investment in another 10 biosecurity officers and working with Queensland livestock industries to raise preparedness.
These partnerships are critical because livestock producers are on the front line of Queensland’s defence against FMD and LSD.
To protect livestock:
- have a biosecurity management plan in place
- ensure registration as a biosecurity entity is up to date
- display biosecurity signage on properties
- use the Farm Check-in app when people visit the property.