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Disease prevention and response

Local Land Services invest significant resources in prevention, preparedness and response to emergency animal diseases. Below are some of the ways we work with producers and the community to minimise the risks of such an outbreak.

Disease surveillance and reporting

Our district vets carry out-in-the-field investigations into animal health issues on local properties as a key part of their role. Surveillance reporting carried out locally is collated at a regional level to help identify trends and identify areas for improvement.

This work forms part of NSW and Australia’s highly credible surveillance system, which ensures the maintenance of international markets.

Prevention

It is advised that farmers and landholders deter from feeding of swill to pigs. Local Land Services assists the NSW Department of Primary Industries to enforce bans of ruminant feeding.

Preparedness

Local Land Services ensures that there are animal health staff in the NSW First Response Team. We target training to enhance our ability to respond effectively should it be required. District vets and biosecurity officers participate in programs such as Look. Check. Ask a Vet.

Response

Vets and stock inspectors are able to be mobilised quickly when a response is required, for example, during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak.

Certification

Certification that livestock are free of disease and residue is essential for continued and competitive access to domestic and international livestock markets.

Local Land Services carry out certification for properties and stock within their region. Types of certification include:

  • providing information as part of property searches
  • export certification
  • certification to allow for interstate movement and export of stock.

To find out about animal health or residue certification for stock or a property, or for information about fees associated with certification, call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Helping people comply with NLIS

Local Land Services district veterinarians and biosecurity officers are the frontline stock inspectors in NSW. The role includes visits to saleyards to ensure compliance with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and educate producers about the importance of tracing livestock.