Foot and Mouth Disease Resources

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Protecting Victorian livestock

In May 2022, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) was reported in cattle in Indonesia and has since spread to Bali. An incursion of the virus would have severe consequences for Australia’s animal health and trade.

The emergence and rapid spread of FMD in Indonesia has changed the risk profile for passengers and goods arriving in Australia.

As a consequence, the VFF has taken a leading role in advocating on behalf of Victorian farmers to ensure improved preparedness and response.

If your animals show signs of FMD, you must report it immediately. Call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888, or your local veterinarian

How to prepare

With FMD on our borders it is vital that you and your farm are prepared.  

All livestock owners should have stringent biosecurity measures in place on their property, including accurate records of livestock movement. This means you should have a biosecurity management plan.

In addition, we recommend you undertake Animal Health Australia’s Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) training course to understand how EAD responses are managed in Australia.

Biosecurity Management Plan templates and information:

Information resources

The following information resources have been prepared by state and Commonwealth authorities regarding FMD response and preparedness:

VFF Foot and Mouth Disease Webinar

VFF hosted an webinar on 14 July 2022 with over 1,200 producers joining online to learn more about FMD preparedness and response from the following presenters:

  • Emma Germano, VFF President
  • Dr Chris Parker, Head of the National Animal Disease Taskforce, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Dr Megan Scott, Principal Officer – Emergency Animal Disease, Chief Veterinary Officer’s Unit, Agriculture Victoria.
  • Tony Maher, NFF CEO


Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions were asked by producers at the webinar held on 14 July. The VFF would like to thank Agriculture Victoria for providing responses. Please click on the question below to read the response in the dropdown:

Mental health support

We know this can be a difficult time for farmers and those working with livestock. If you or someone you know needs support, the following resources are available:

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