QDO to deliver free farm Biosecurity workshops

The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) is pleased to announce that it will deliver a series of farm biosecurity workshops for member throughout the state’s dairy regions.

The workshops are being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). At the workshops farmers will have the opportunity to develop an accredited farm biosecurity plan for their farm which will allow farmers to maintain their Bovine Johnes Disease (BJD) free status. 

QDO President Brian Tessmann said that is was essential that both industry and government work collectively and constructively on issues of importance such as biosecurity. 

“I encourage all QDO members to come along to these workshops as they will offer practical and necessary assistance and advice on how to better prepare and manage on-farm biosecurity.”

“The new Queensland biosecurity framework has a renewed emphasis on shared responsibility between industry and government, these workshops are an opportunity for farmers to embrace this new model.”

“Both BJD and cattle ticks are major biosecurity concerns for Queensland dairy farmers. The recent changes to Queensland’s BJD regulation as well as the tick line mean these threats are front and centre for dairy farmers.”

“I thank the State Government for partnering with QDO to deliver these workshops that will assist our industry to maintain and improve our already high biosecurity standards.”

“Queensland dairy farmers have always been committed to keeping their farm businesses free from pests and diseases, these workshops assist us in continuing to do just that,” said Mr. Tessmann.

QDAF staff Lawrence Gavey (BJD expert) and Malcolm Macleod (cattle tick expert) will be facilitating relevant sessions at the workshops and will provide disease management options and advice for farmers.

These workshops are delivered by QDO and are for QDO members. If you would like to attend please contact QDO on (07) 3236 2955.

·         Gympie - 8 August 10am-1pm, QDAF Gympie

·         Kingaroy - 8 August 6.30-9pm, Town Common Hall, Oliver Bond Street

·         Toowoomba- 9 August 10am-1pm, QDAF Toowoomba

·         Warwick - 9 August 6.30-9pm

NOTE: Additional biosecurity workshops in September for Beaudesert, Gatton, Woodford, Central Qld & Malanda

Additional biosecurity workshops are planned for Beaudesert, Gatton, Woodford, central Queensland and Malanda by the end of September 2017. Locations and dates of these workshops have yet to be finalised with notification being delivered through the QDO Weekly Update.

QDO encourage all members to attend one of the workshops to ensure you have an accredited biosecurity plan for your farm. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for FREE BJD slurry tests.