Swine fever forum in Young

NSW Farmers is hosting a forum on African Swine Fever (ASF) on October 22 in Young to provide producers with advice on farm biosecurity plans.

The spread of ASF across the globe has sent alarm bells off for the Australian industry, with the highly contagious and deadly disease now less than 700km from the Australian border.

Chairman of the NSW Farmers Pork Committee, Ean Pollard said it is essential that ASF is kept out of the country and that pork producers strengthen their on-farm biosecurity.

"It's our number one priority to keep this disease out," Mr Pollard said.

"We have been lobbying the federal Government to boost its border biosecurity and welcome the recent actions to strengthen efforts at the border. We're glad that detector dogs have been sent to Darwin Airport""However pork producers cannot control what's being done at the border. We can only control the actions on our farms". "We need to be proactive and make sure that we are all enhancing our biosecurity measures on our farms".

Mr Pollard said the aim of the forum is to assist pork producers in improving on-farm biosecurity measures.He said it is important that pork producers attend and bring their biosecurity plans to be cross-checked against expert advice. "We hope we won't need to use it, but producers need to learn what to do in the worst case scenario."The African Swine Fever forum will be held from 1pm-6pm on Tuesday, 22 October at the Young Golf Club in Young. It will be followed by complimentary dinner and drinks. To register your interest in attending, please email NSW Farmers at simpsone@nswfarmers.org.au