Heard about One Biosecurity but not sure how to sign up? PIRSA Animal Health staff will be visiting the Barossa and Mount Lofty Ranges next week to assist producers to connect with One Biosecurity.
Central to the One Biosecurity program is the free online portal, launched in August last year, aimed at encouraging and promoting the adoption of good farm practices and risk management across South Australia’s $4.3 billion livestock industry.
The portal, developed by PIRSA in close collaboration with Livestock SA, allows producers to record and assess their biosecurity practices. Already, over 485 producers representing over 585 farming enterprises have registered with One Biosecurity.
Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mary Carr said the system is designed to complement other accreditation programs and meet the requirements for a biosecurity plan under the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Program.
“The key benefits of the program are that it’s free, online and simple for producers to undertake,” she said.
The user friendly aspect of the program has been a big plus for Hahndorf cattle producer Ben Golding, who has been involved with One Biosecurity since last year.
“I, like many other producers, find paper work and computers not to be a great mix, however I found One Biosecurity to be very easy to use,” he said. “It really reinforced for me just why we need to do certain things with our biosecurity practices.
“Having programs like One Biosecurity available really provides a good starting point in explaining to new producers why good on-farm biosecurity planning and property identification codes are just so important to a successful farming enterprise.”
Dr Carr said One Biosecurity brings a level of transparency to livestock trade and a greater level of biosecurity risk management.
“Involvement with an accreditation portal such as One Biosecurity really helps with access to domestic and international premium markets,” she said. “It really does add value to your enterprise and your reputation in the market. The more producers we get the stronger the program becomes and the greater protection it will offer our livestock industry,” she said.
“The portal is also mobile-friendly, which allows, for example, an accredited producer at a livestock sale to ascertain the biosecurity credentials of a One Biosecurity seller right there in the saleyard,” she said.
“Producers will be able to know just what they’re getting before the animal even steps foot on their property.”
Workshops which have been organised in association with Livestock SA for interested producers are as follows:
- Mount Torrens – Wednesday 8 May at 10 am - 12 pm, Mount Torrens Hotel, 1 Townsend St, Mount Torrens
- Cambrai – Wednesday 8 May at 2 pm - 4 pm, Cambrai Community Library, Main St, Cambrai (corner of Croft Road – at the school)
- Mount Pleasant – Thursday 9 May at 9 am - 12 pm, Mount Pleasant Bowling Club, Talunga Park Rd, Mount Pleasant.
- Kapunda – Friday 10 May at 10 am - 12 pm, Clare Castle Hotel, 105 Main St, Kapunda
- Nurioopta – Friday 10 May at 2 pm - 4 pm, PIRSA Office, 571 Research Road, Nurioopta
Producers are asked to bring their iPad, tablet or laptop to the workshops and have the ability to check their email at the workshop. Internet access will supplied. PIRSA’s Biosecurity SA team will be on hand to help producers get connected and started.
Bookings are essential. To book visit www.livestocksa.org.au/events or phone 8297 2299.