Australian livestock producers are being encouraged to participate in a number of surveys that will contribute to research to improve animal health and biosecurity.
Researchers from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation are calling for cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers to have their voices heard via an online survey.
Postdoctoral researcher Jennifer Manyweathers said the confidential survey would take about 30 minutes to complete.
‘‘Livestock producers play a vital role in surveillance for animal diseases and the survey aims to find out about their management practices and attitudes towards biosecurity,’’ Dr Manyweathers said.
‘‘We also want to find out how they can be supported to improve animal health management and on-farm profitability.
‘‘Our aim is to build producer-led and partnership-based animal monitoring systems so that Australian livestock industries are more resilient and prepared for an outbreak of emergency animal disease.’’
The research is part of the Foot and Mouth Disease Ready project, which aims to improve surveillance, preparedness and return to trade from emergency animal disease incursions using foot-and-mouth disease as a model.
The project is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia through funding from the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural Research and Development for Profit program.
Producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock industries, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, and Charles Sturt University have also gone towards supporting the project.
■For more information or links to the online surveys, visit: www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre