Dairy biosecurity is vital for protecting your own farm, the dairy industry and Australian agriculture against the spread of pests and diseases on and between farms. It is the responsibility of farmers to have an active biosecurity plan, and communicate any requirements for staff and visitors coming onto your farm.
Biosecurity checklist for farmers
Dairy farms have biosecurity risks specific to their farming systems. This checklist covers dairy specific biosecurity risks to include in a biosecurity plan.
Biosecurity on farm video
Western Victorian dairy farmer, David Byrd shares his approach to biosecurity risks:
Biosecurity planning tools
Building a tailored biosecurity plan for your farm allows you to work through what areas of risk are important to you. There are a number of tools, templates and resources available to farmers looking to build their own plan, or programs for professional oversight of your biosecurity plan.
Animal Health Australia
Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the Farm Biosecurity program contains excellent resources for covering the basics of on-farm biosecurity.
You can find out more on the Animal Health Australia website.
You can also purchase a biosecurity gate sign, or download the template for free from the Farm Biosecurity website.
MLA and LPA
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program have biosecurity templates, checklists and learning modules available to assist farmers develop a biosecurity plan.
You can visit the Meat and Livestock Australia website to access these.
BIOCHECK® is a biosecurity planning program developed by Australian Cattle Veterinarians. This program allows for the building of a tailored biosecurity plan with veterinary oversight, which is particularly important for farms wanting to maintain a Johne’s Disease Dairy Score of 8.
Find a vet offering this service on the Australian Veterinary Association website.
South Australia - One Biosecurity
South Australian farmers are able to access the One Biosecurity tool through PIRSA. This online tool builds and stores biosecurity information, which can then be shared when required.
Requirements for biosecurity plans
In Queensland, all owners of livestock must have a biosecurity plan in place. For more information, refer to Queensland farmer’s obligations under Biosecurity Act 2014.
LPA and biosecurity
Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is the Australian livestock industry’s on-farm assurance program covering food safety, and has expanded to include animal welfare and biosecurity.
Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and Dairy Australia were able to assure MLA that dairy farmers are already meeting the LPA food safety elements through their milk quality assurance system. Dairy farmers are therefore able to maintain their LPA accreditation by entering their dairy license number when reregistering, which exempts them from LPA auditing and from completing the biosecurity and animal welfare LPA learning modules.
Farmers who run other livestock (such as sheep or beef) will need to be independently LPA accredited for that business. Visit the MLA website to find out more about accreditation.
Free online LPA learning modules are also available on the MLA website. Click here to access.
Bovine Johne’s Disease
Under the Johne’s Disease (JD) Dairy Score (February 2019), all farmers looking to progress or maintain their herd’s score must have an active biosecurity plan in place from score 1, and must have annual veterinary oversight of their plan for score 8.
To find out more about the JD Dairy Score, visit Dairy Australia's Bovine Johne's Disease webpage.