By QDO Executive Officer, Eric Danzi
It is with great pleasure that I announce the first series of biosecurity planning workshops will be held on 8 and 9 August in:
- Gympie (8 August 10am-1pm, QDAF Gympie – 1 Cartwright Road, Gympie QLD 4570)
- Kingaroy (8 August 6.30-9pm, QDAF Kingaroy – 214 Kingaroy Cooyar Road, Kingaroy QLD 4610)
- Toowoomba (9 August 10am-1pm, QDAF Toowoomba – 203 Tor Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
- Warwick (9 August 6.30-9pm, QDAF Warwick – 604 Yangan road, Warwick QLD 4370)
I will run the workshops alongside QDAF staff members Lawrence Gavey (Johnes disease expert) and Malcolm Macleod (ticks expert). QDO is very fortunate to be delivering the workshops in partnership with QDAF, and would like to thank Lawrence and Malcolm specifically for their help.
During the workshops, farmers will develop a biosecurity plan tailored to their farm and specific circumstances. These plans will then be signed off and farmers will have a procedure to deliver animals to the meat works from 1 October 2017 and to maintain their johnes disease free status. Most importantly, the workshops will provide direction to each farmer on the main activities they need to undertake to manage biosecurity risks on their farm.
After the workshop, farmers will be given the option of having a free Johnes slurry test undertaken on their farm if they wish. QDAF staff will collect the samples and undertake the tests at a suitable time with each farmer. More biosecurity planning workshops will be held in other locations throughout the state before October 2017 so please look out for further information.
The workshops are for QDO members only so please do not miss this opportunity. Free meals will be provided at all workshops. RSVP to Kerrie at QDO by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 3236 2955.
Space is limited so please get in quick! I look forward to seeing you there.