A robust biosecurity regime, from on-farm to our national borders, is fundamental if Australia is to enjoy the benefits of a dairy industry that is safe, productive and competitive in the international market. For the dairy industry, preparedness for foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a priority. Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) encourages all farmers to invest in their on-farm biosecurity.
FMD is considered the single greatest threat of any disease to Australia’s livestock industries. A large outbreak of FMD has the potential to reduce Australia’s gross domestic product by up to $16.7 billion, having significant repercussions on our economy.
We seek specific funding for FMD preparedness. The commitment of $20 million to a biosecurity “flying squad”, as well as biosecurity and quarantine containment is welcomed and endorsed. This requires ongoing funding to provide the capability to respond to emergency diseases to safeguard the dairy industry and Australia’s reputation as a safe, clean food producer.
Over 2014-15, Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) has actively participated in the Exercise Odysseus, a national livestock standstill program testing Australia’s ability to stop the movement of all susceptible livestock in the event of a major animal emergency disease. ADF has also significantly engaged in FMD planning and preparation.
- Invest in biosecurity preparedness to safeguard farmers' livelihoods, reducing the risk to their businesses by limiting the likelihood of introducing and spreading animal diseases, weeds and pests.