Biosecurity on grazing properties
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Thousands of New Zealand dairy cattle are wintered and/or grazed off farm. There are many ways graziers can protect the health of the stock they manage and owners can ensure the safe arrival and care of their stock. Following these tips will assist you in safeguarding the health of the stock you manage.
Stock owners: Before you move stock, or when you receive them, ensure all movement is confirmed in NAIT within 48 hours. Keeping NAIT up to date is a vital step to keep your animals safe.
Graziers: Before stock arrive at your property, know the essential practices you and your team need to maintain to safeguard their health. Communication is key - review the Communication Plan for Graziers to help manage expectations with your team, your neighbours, herd owners, agents, transporters and vets.
Follow the guidance and find resources on this page to help protect cattle and your property from biosecurity risks.
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It’s important to protect animals against the high-risk diseases we have e.g. Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis), Bovine tuberculosis (TB), Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) and leptospirosis, and potentially devastating diseases that could enter New Zealand, like foot and mouth and lumpy skin disease.
Grazing can be high risk when cattle are in close proximity and herds are mixed. The following tips will help protect the cattle under your care.
Yards get contaminated with faeces, urine and fluid from the noses and mouths of cattle during periods of heavy use. They are also a confined point of entry for all stock.
For most diseases, with the exception of foot and mouth disease, the risk of transmission by machinery at grazing is low, but machinery can be contaminated by saliva when licked by curious cattle.
Ringer feeders can get covered in saliva.
The main risk with lanes and roadways is cattle on the other side of the fences.
Visitors, gumboots, dogs and vehicles are potential sources of many diseases and pests.
Involving your staff with the planning of procedures on your farm ensures they understand the risks and what they need to do.