Veterinarians weigh into farm safety

TO coincide with National Farm Safety Week veterinarians are aiming to raise the awareness of managing animal diseases. 

The theme this year is ‘creating a resilient, safe and healthy Ag community’. Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) president Dr Paula Parker said there are a range of diseases that pose a risk to the health of animals such as Salmonellosis and Johne’s disease.

Resilience, health and safety in the agricultural community involves human health, animal health and sustainable and robust agricultural businesses. - Dr Paula Parker

“Resilience, health and safety in the agricultural community involves human health, animal health and sustainable and robust agricultural businesses.

“Veterinarians work with farmers every day to identify biosecurity, animal and human health risks and advise on systems to prevent, monitor, and manage diseases in their livestock.

“A disease outbreak in a heard or flock comes at enormous short- and long-term costs to agricultural businesses. Prevention and risk management is essential to protecting livestock against disease,” Dr Parker said. Australian Cattle Veterinarians has developed a new biosecurity plan that helps farmers to identify major risks to their farm and develop plans to manage them.

“As every farm is unique, it’s important for farmers to work closely with their veterinarian to ensure they have considered the risks specific to their farm. This allows them to then take a proactive approach to minimising these risks,” Dr Parker said. Dr Parker also says that a focus on biosecurity as well as the prevention and control of animal diseases on farms also plays a key role against antimicrobial resistance.

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