Increased vigilance about what goes onto farms is being called for by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.
It warns that as conditions worsen, landholders may bring feed onto their land from further and further away, including other states, so care needs to be taken about sources.
A statement said: “When bringing in hay from external sources check it for weeds before feeding it out.”
Their advice is that a bio-security plan “includes actions before introducing animals, feed, chemicals and visitors onto the farm, actions on arrival and routine management on farm.”
And they have specific advice: “Consider the following when purchasing feed:
- Is the feed provider reputable and trustworthy?
- Request a Commodity Vendor Declaration (CVD)
- Record batch numbers and product details
- Check feed for weeds on arrival
- Understand “Swill Feeding”
- Do not feed “Restricted Animal Matter” to cattle or sheep
- File and retain feed purchase records”