Nutrition & Animal Health

Leading Sheep leads with new disease and biosecurity webinar series

Sheep Central, June 22, 2015

SHEEP diseases that dock Queensland producers’ profits will be the focus of a series of webinars that starts tomorrow.

Leading Sheep will be running a series of webinars in June and July focusing on disease and biosecurity.

It is the latest for the organisation that has delivered 35 webinars to nearly 900 producers over the past three years.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) extension officer and Leading Sheep project manager Nicole Sallur said the webinars aimed to help Queensland producers maximise animal welfare and minimise the risk of diseases occurring on-property.

“The six, 30-minute sessions will be convened by leading vets and biosecurity experts and cover topics including NLIS, transport and welfare, Ovine Johne’s Disease and other common sheep and cattle diseases,” Ms Sallur said.

“Participants will have the opportunity to ask the experts specific questions after the sessions.”

“We aim to constantly improve the way we deliver information to Queensland sheep producers who are spread far and wide over the state.”

Ms Sallur said a webinar means everyone can access the information.

“There is no need to take a day off or drive long distances as each session is only 30 minutes and you can participate from the comfort of your own home or office.

“The webinars will then be retained as an online reference point for producers to review at any time in the future.”

Disease and biosecurity webinar schedule

  • Tuesday, June 23 1pm – National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), transport and welfare
  • Tuesday, June 30 1pm – Botulism, leptospirosis and vibriosis
  • Wednesday, July 8 1pm – Cheesy gland, bladder worm, sheep measles and hydatids
  • Wednesday, July 15 1pm – Ovine Johne’s disease
  • Tuesday, July 21 1pm – Ovine brucellosis
  • Wednesday, July 29 1pm – Pulpy kidney, tetanus, black disease, malignant oedema and blackleg

Leading Sheep is a joint initiative of Australian Wool Innovation and DAF, with support from AgForce, and assists decision-making about technologies and practices that can increase the profitability and productivity of Queensland sheep businesses.

To participate in the webinar, registration is required. Register at  www.leadingsheep.com.au/event-list.

Source: Leading Sheep

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