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Get ready - livestock fire plans are essential   
All livestock owners need to be well prepared and plan for the possibility of a fire emergency on their farm.

Are worms a problem on your farm this year?   
With large parts of Victoria experiencing a drier than average spring or ongoing drought conditions, worms seem the lowest priority, but they can be real issue if left unmonitored.

Now is the time to check your livestock's water quality   
Given recent conditions you may consider testing the quality of available water sources; with warm dry conditions resulting in dropping dam levels and dry bare paddocks.

Don't bargain on cheap feed   
At a glance some feed alternatives appear to be good value but they may be of poor nutritional value for ruminants,

Why request a Commodity Vendor Declaration?   
Commodity Vendor Declaration (CVD) forms are a valuable tool which can be used to determine the quality and integrity of fodder or feed purchased, so you know exactly what you’re feeding your livestock.

Being a step ahead of footrot   
Buying in footrot is never the plan but it is always a risk when purchasing new stock, and there are steps which can be taken to reduce this risk.

Feeling prepared for an LPA audit   
LPA audits have been undertaken for 14 years, with 2000 audits currently held each year. Yet the looming question remains; How do I prepare for an LPA audit?

Impact of the OJD review for Victorian producers   
The National Ovine Johne’s Disease Management Plan will not be extended after June 2018. However, on-farm management of OJD remains the same for producers with disease management tools available through the Sheep Health Project

Stock health seasonal outlook   
Seasonal conditions in Victoria have been patchy with many areas experiencing drier than normal conditions. A lot of areas have now received some useful falls, but the welcoming rain brings potential problems for livestock.

How much is calf scours costing you?   
A recent MLA report has highlighted the cost of calf scours at $23 million across southern Australia placing it in the top 10 economic diseases of beef cattle just behind grass tetany

East Gippsland stocks up on animal health   
Producer-led project Livestock Health & Biosecurity VICTORIA will be hosting a free ‘Stock-up’ event next week in Ensay. The event will give livestock owners the opportunity to hear firsthand up-to-date animal health and biosecurity information.

Myrtleford gets an animal health update   
Livestock producers in North East Victoria are invited to attend an information event in Myrtleford which will look into key animal health issues and biosecurity tools to help producers get the best from their livestock.

'Stock up' with the latest information   
With so much information coming by email, social media and through the rabbit-warren that is Google these days, sometimes it’s nice to sit down and hear first-hand about the latest information.

Stopping risk at the gate   
Have you heard the phrase ‘Disease arrives on the back of a truck’? The biggest risk for introducing disease or weeds to your property is bringing in new animals. However, bringing in new stock may be a necessary part of your business so how can you

Are you benefiting from the NSHMP?   
The National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) is an abattoir disease surveillance program funded by industry. It monitors 16 animal health conditions that impact farm productivity and impose significant costs to the value chain.

Making NLIS transfers easy   
From 31 March 2018, all electronically tagged sheep and goats must be scanned for property-to-property transfers in Victoria. The introduction of electronic National Vendor Declarations (eNVDs) helps simplify the process.

Is it fit to load?   
In Australia, a set of standards and guidelines outlines the requirements for livestock transport, from mustering and preparation for transport, to transporting and unloading.

Battling Heat Stress in Livestock   
The first months of summer have seen a number of above average days for both temperature and humidity in Victoria, increasing the risk of heat stress in livestock.

Livestock traceability - why?   
Australia’s livestock traceability system has the ability to track an animal from paddock to plate, recording the animal’s movements throughout its entire life. What is the value of effective livestock traceability?

Welcoming Pat Kluver   
The Livestock Health & Biosecurity VICTORIA team are very excited to welcome aboard livestock veterinarian, Dr Patrick Kluver.

Gippsland livestock producers Stock Up on biosecurity   
Over 135 South Gippsland livestock producers attended Livestock Health and Biosecurity VICTORIA’s (LHBV) event in Leongatha last month to hear about...

Managing pestivirus in beef cattle   
Pestivirus, also known as BVD, poses a significant risk to beef producers in Victoria. It can increase the risk of abortions, reduce pregnancy rates and suppress the immune system...

Producers taking the lead in livestock disease response   
Victorian sheep, cattle and goat producers have the opportunity to have their say and take part in a feedback survey addressing animal health monitoring and disease preparedness.

Keep an eye out for Pinkeye   
Don’t let pinkeye impact stock growth and saleability –address any risk early, particularly in young stock and weaners...

Animal Health Declarations   
Animal Health Declarations (AHD) work in conjunction with National Vendor Declaration (NVD) to provide buyers with additional information on the health status of animals...

Finding the balance between red tape and integrity   
The livestock industry is on the front foot, strengthening the LPA program to meet changing consumer expectations...

Be prepared this fly season   
The time for flystrike is upon us. Sheep producers know the damage that shiny green fly can cause...

What's going on with LPA   
Feeling confused by all the discussion about the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and biosecurity?..

Protecting more than just your livestock   
We know all too well when dealing with livestock that extra safety measures could be taken but time just doesn’t seem to allow for it....

Stock up with LHBV   
We want to thank you, Victoria’s red meat and fibre producers, for your support and input over the last 12 months...

Lockdown on disease   
The topic of a livestock standstill (LSS) generates a lot of interest at Livestock Health & Biosecurity VICTORIA events...

What's new with biosecurity   
Changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program require producers to have a biosecurity plan in place from 1 October 2017...

Do you know what's in your paddock   
Old paint cans, ash piles, oil filters, linoleum and batteries are just a few examples which are major causes of lead poisoning...

End of the JBAS transition period   
July 1st 2017 will see the end of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) transition period...

There's somethign new in Johne's disease   
Although still a notifiable disease, most states removed regulation for Johne’s disease (JD) on 1 July 2016...

It's simple - get vaccinated against Q fever   
The Q fever vaccine is recommended for those at risk of infection – people working with livestock...

Tails up or tails down   
New technology insights and economic analysis featured alongside disease and biosecurity tips at the recent ‘Your cattle’ event, hosed at Merino in the south west of the state...

Anthrax - be alert not alarmed   
The recent outbreak around Swan Hill serves as a timely reminder that Anthrax is present and there are measures you can take to reduce the risk on your property...

Decisions are the key   
There was standing room only at VFFs Livestock Health and Biosecurity Victoria event, held in conjunction with the Loddon Valley Stud Merino Field Day at Serpentine in early March...

Footrot - making a comeback   
A number of areas around Australia have been free from footrot for over 20 years, however recent outbreaks have been an unfriendly reminder for producers to not get too comfortable...

Q fever-What are the risks for you?   
Q fever is a flu- like disease that can be caught by humans through direct or indirect contact with infected animals or animal products...

Technology of the future   
Exciting times lie ahead for the red meat industry in 2017, with new carcass measurement technology set to be implemented in all AUS-MEAT-registered processing facilities, across Australia...

Where to next for objective carcass measurement   
Meat and Livestock Australia’s Christopher Ruberg provided great insight into recent research and development of objective carcass measurement at the recent Livestock Health and Biosecurity VICTORIA event at Milawa...

Leptospirosis and you   
Leptospirosis, or ‘Lepto’, is an infectious disease affecting primarily cattle. The cause of Lepto is the bacterium Leptospira and in Victoria there are two prominent strains...

Livestock Matters   
The newly re-funded Livestock Health and Biosecurity Victoria project is all about offering down-to-earth advice and information on animal health, welfare and bio-security...

When did you last think about OB   
The bacterial disease Ovine Brucellosis (OB) affects the reproductive performance of sheep flocks, resulting in infertility in rams and increased abortions in ewes...

Why should you give a Q   
Q fever is an important infectious disease because it can cause serious illness in people...

Getting the jump on lice   
Lice still manage to be a topical point of discussion despite producers’ best eradication efforts...