Sheep producers expected to flock online to check on-farm biosecurity

A Facebook group has been established by Animal Health Australia (AHA) to provide greater engagement with sheepmeat and wool growers on biosecurity and animal health issues

Creating the “The Flock Round-up” group is part of a broader engagement strategy being delivered out of the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy 2019-2024 (NSIBS).

NSIBS was developed by Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) and WoolProducers Australia (WPA) to ensure the sheep industry remains stable and secure into the future.

This is by encouraging sheepmeat and wool growers to take ownership of their own on-farm biosecurity measures and recognise the important role they play.

Access to relevant and timely information is a key part of helping to protect the sheepmeat and wool industries from endemic and exotic disease incursion and spread.

“Facebook is part of many people’s daily lives, and we have seen an increase in the number of producers using the platform to access relevant industry information,” said AHA’s Extension Manager, Emily Buddle.

AHA will share relevant content, with a focus on endemic disease prevention and on-farm biosecurity practices and encourage producers to ask questions and engage with other members of the group.

“A Facebook group is an ideal place for producers to access information and share their own experiences when it comes to animal health and biosecurity” Emily said.

“The team at AHA will be on the other end of the line to help answer any specific questions that may arise.”

AHA, SPA and WPA encourage all those involved in the sheepmeat and wool industry to join the “The Flock Round-up” community. The group can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/theflockroundup

About Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia works in partnership with our members and other stakeholders to keep Australia free of new and emerging diseases and to improve animal health, enhance market access and foster resilience and integrity of the Australian animal health system.

About Sheep Producers Australia

Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) is the voice on issues that affect Australian sheep production businesses. As the successor entity to Sheepmeat Council of Australia which formed in 1978, SPA is the peak industry organisation for sheep and lamb producers.

About WoolProducers Australia

WoolProducers plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service. Their mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.

The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.

WoolProducers maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.

WoolProducers is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.

As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.