April 11, 2013
The Small Farmer’s Livestock Network has been officially established by the Victorian Farmers Federation’s livestock group to support people new to farming on a smaller scale. The network was developed to re-enforce the importance of on-farm biosecurity practices and provide information on key animal health management practices. “Our aim is to increase small landholders’ awareness about the important role they play in the industry and also protect from the spread of notifiable, emergency and exotic diseases,” VFF Livestock Project Officer Zoe Moroz said. “According to the AUSVETPLAN for Foot and Mouth Disease, animals owned by small landholders are more likely to be exposed to emergency diseases because of their location and biosecurity practices,” Ms Moroz said. The upcoming workshop series will cover biosecurity and market access criteria, Foot and Mouth Disease, animal health management and occupational health and safety during half day workshops. During the session on cattle health, participants will discuss typical signs of ill cattle and learn more about internal and external parasite management. “We encourage all livestock producers to attend, no matter what their level of knowledge is,” Ms Moroz said. The workshop series will kick off this Saturday at the Pakenham Victorian Livestock Exchange, followed by Main Ridge on Saturday, 27 April.