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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. With recent changes to the Livestock Production  Assurance  program, there is speculation about what’s needed to meet new requirements. In some instances, people…
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Be prepared this fly season

he time for flystrike is upon us. Sheep producers know the damage that shiny green fly can cause, being responsible for over 90 per cent of flystrike incidences. The fly lays eggs on the soiled wool or open wound with…
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What’s going on with LPA?

Feeling confused by all the discussion about the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program and biosecurity? You’re not alone! Let’s sort through the changes being implemented by industry through MLAs Integrity Systems Company. Am I even part of LPA? LPA is…
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Lockdown on disease

The topic of a livestock standstill (LSS) generates a lot of interest at Livestock Health & Biosecurity VICTORIA events. Figures from Agriculture Victoria reveal that on any given day, 100,000 head of cattle, 40,000 pigs and 30,000 sheep are on…
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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.  A farm biosecurity plan captures practices which reduce the risk of introducing or spreading disease, pests and weeds on…
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End of JBAS transition period

July 1st 2017 will see the end of Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (JBAS) transition period.  What this mean for producers with ‘beef only’ herds: A property with no biosecurity plan in place by the end of June 2017 will revert…
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Do you know what’s in your paddock?

Logs and weeds aside, the forgotten odds and sods in paddocks can cause you grief. Old paint cans, ash piles, oil filters, linoleum and batteries are just a few examples which are major causes of lead poisoning. Cattle are inquisitive…
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The Facts About Q Fever

Q Fever is on the rise. Despite rarely causing clinical disease in animals, Q Fever can be transmitted from infected animals to humans. Q Fever may be undiagnosed because it can have similar symptoms to the flu, such as muscle…
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