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Friday, 5 August 2022
Foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease

With the detection of Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease in Indonesia recently, it is important landholders be extra vigilant – understand what to look for, check your animals regularly and report any suspect cases.

Animal diseases can have a serious impact on livestock activity, trade and even human health. If you suspect or know of a notifiable animal disease, you have a legal obligation to report it immediately.

Fortunately Australia currently has a disease-free status for foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease, however we all need to play an active role in monitoring and reporting any suspect cases.

Your support is essential to protect NSW’s clean reputation and ensure ongoing market access.  An early report can make the difference between something becoming establishing or being eradicated.

Foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease are nationally notifiable diseases. It is critical that: 
  • all livestock owners know what these diseases look like
  • that you check your animals regularly
  • report any suspect signs immediately to your local district vet on 1300 295 299 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
For further information visit or contact your Local Land Services District Veterinarian by calling 1300 795 299.
Healthy farms, healthy rivers, healthy fish

The NSW Government is working with landholders across the northern Murray-Darling Basin to improve the health of riparian zones through a range of works including fencing, minor erosion control and revegetation.
Expressions of interest for round two are open now and will close on 26 August 2022.
Seeking applications for new Environmental Market Leadership Program 

Local Land Services and Ethical Fields are seeking applications for a new program aimed at simplifying the world of natural capital and environmental markets. The Environmental Markets Leadership Program supports land managers and farmers to identify, market and benefit from the natural capital and environmental services they provide to society through sustainable land management and environmental stewardship.  
Update your farm biosecurity plan

A biosecurity plan is a written document that outlines the processes landholders have in place to ensure good biosecurity their farms. Following a biosecurity plan helps to prevent diseases, weeds and pests from impacting production.

Come work with us  

Are you interested in joining your local board?

Local Land Services is seeking applications from people interested in joining one of our 11 regional boards. We currently have 24 vacancies including 23 Board members and the Chair of the South East local board.

Waratah Project Winter Wrap

It’s been a busy start in the first six months of the Waratah Project. Local Land Services is actively managing over 6,300 hectares of high biodiversity land across three sites at Breeza, Barraba and Tambar Springs acquired by NSW Government from China Shenhua Energy Company Limited in January this year.
Lodge your annual land and stock return before the end of August

Landholders are reminded to lodge your Local Land Services Annual Land and Stock Returns before the end of August.

The returns are a statutory requirement and would have landed in your letterbox in June.

Protecting your farm assets this fire season

With the fire season around the corner it is worth having at a look now at how you will protect your farm assets.

Ground fuel loads are generally high right across the north west region and are now starting to dry out, particularly in western areas such as Walgett. This increasing fuel load flammability is a key risk  to monitor on your farm over the upcoming months.
Revitalising Regent Habitat

As the regent honeyeater program approaches it’s fifth year in the North West, many projects such as community revegetation on the Horton River are completing their work phases.

Upcoming Events & Training

Emergency animal disease information sessions  

In response to the current risk of foot and mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin disease, Local Land Services staff are working with landholders to raise awareness, prevention and surveillance of emergency animal diseases.  

Local Land Services is holding a series of workshops for landholders to: 

  • learn more about the current status of FMD and lumpy skin disease   

  • find out how to identify these diseases and know what to do if they suspect cases  

  • find out what they can do on their farm 

  • hear what LLS does to prevent Emergency Animal Diseases 

  • hear about the work of LLS in feral animal control. 

When and where: 

  • 23 August 2023 |11am - 1pm | Tamworth Agricultural Institute Conference Room

  • 25 August 2023 |11am - 1pm | Moree Services Club Auditorium 

RSVP is essential. Save your seat by registering here. 

Vertebrate Pesticide Training | Moree

10am - 4pm, 10 August, 2022
Where: Local Land Services, 203 Balo Street, Moree

We are offering FREE Vertebrate Pesticide Training for landholders. Completion of this course will give participants a five year accreditation to use vertebrate pesticides (1080, Pindone, RHDV & PAPP) on their property.

The course covers a range of topics from the legislative requirements of using vertebrate pesticides through to modes of action and practical usage.

Participants may elect to also complete the Canid Pest Ejector (CPE) course, which will follow the VPT course.

Please RSVP to book your spot, by calling 1300 795 299. 

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