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National Farm Biosecurity Manual – Grazing Livestock Production April 2018 is now available

The National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual for Grazing Livestock Production is an important tool for meeting our shared responsibility for biosecurity. It has been developed to reduce the risk to farming operations of diseases, weeds and pests entering  a property, spreading through the livestock population, and/or being passed to surrounding livestock operations, e.g. by utility […]

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Important information for Goat Producers: New NVD

A new version of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration (LPA NVD) for goats is now available both electronically and in printed booklets.  The LPA NVD is required for all livestock movements, including property to property, through sale yards, direct to processors and to feedlots, and to the live export trade. The LPA NVD […]

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National Residue Survey 2016–17 – Goat

The National Residue Survey (NRS) is an operational unit within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and since 1992 has been funded by industries through levies or contracted by direct funding. The NRS is an essential part of Australia’s pesticide and veterinary medicine residue management framework providing verification of good agricultural practice […]

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National Residue Survey 2015–16 – Goat

The National Residue Survey (NRS) is an essential part of Australia’s system for monitoring the levels of, and associated risks from, pesticides and veterinary medicine residues in Australian food products. The goat programme involves the testing of Australian goat tissue samples for a range of pesticides, veterinary medicines and environmental contaminants. The programme is funded […]

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Improving the health and productivity of farmed goats in Australia

Stakeholders in the Australian goat industry work collaboratively to deliver animal health benefits to goat producers and to improve farm production. However like other livestock, goats can be affected by a number of endemic diseases that can impact the health of goats, causing lost production for the goat industry and significant losses for some individual […]

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Consultation on the removal of NLIS tagging exemption for dairy goats

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) is encouraging feedback and comment from dairy goat producers on the removal of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tagging exemption of Australian Dairy Goats. NLIS Sheep & Goats was introduced on 1 January 2006, however under the NLIS Sheep & Goats National Business Rules, dairy goats have […]

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Consultation on the removal of NLIS tagging exemption for Australian dairy goats

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) remains committed to strengthening the current National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Sheep and Goat traceability system. As such GICA, with input from the Dairy Goat Society of Australia (DGSA), commissioned a desktop study on ‘NLIS Tagging Options for Australian Dairy Goats’. With GICA’s ongoing commitment to improving the […]

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Guidelines for the voluntary control and eradication of CAE from individual herds

The dairy goat industry, through its representatives on the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA), have requested the development of voluntary guidelines to assist producers control and eradicate Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) from their herds. These guidelines have been developed for use by veterinarians in partnership with their goat producer clients to achieve effective CAE control. […]

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Food safety test for red meat producers

Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year. For the first time, producers will need to successfully complete a compulsory online assessment in order to renew their Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation. “The assessment is a really important part of a nationwide push […]

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The electronic identification system for sheep and goats in Victoria should remain mob-based

The national Peak Industry Councils representing and promoting the needs of Australia’s lamb, sheepmeat, wool producers and the goat industries have provided comment on the draft consultation paper “Electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (Sheep & Goats) – A transition package for Victoria”. Richard Halliday, WoolProducers Australia President says that the Councils recognise the importance of traceability […]

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