Did you buy an alpaca last weekend?

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If you are introducing new alpacas onto your farm, don’t forget to isolate them when they arrive as part of your biosecurity plan. Have a look at: http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/toolkit/plans-manuals/national-farm-biosecurity-reference-manual-grazing-livestock-production/ and specifically implement the following:

1.1       Check animals for health status before purchasing.

1.2       Purchase livestock from suppliers who have a food safety or quality assurance program, and can provide information about animal treatments and the health status of their animals – such as National Vendor Declaration (NVD) and/or Animal Health Statement.

1.3       Segregate, observe and treat (as required) newly introduced animals.

1.4       Ensure introduced livestock have had time to empty out prior to release from the yards.

1.5       For livestock that leave and return to the property (e.g., following shows, agistment, contract joining) assess their vulnerability to infection, hygiene arrangements and contact with other livestock while away. If risky, separate. Observe and treat (if needed) the animals before returning them to companions.

1.6       Inspect and maintain adequate boundary fences.

1.7       Keep vulnerable stock away from livestock of unknown health status.

1.8       Follow the NLIS requirements specific to species and jurisdiction.

1.9       Take additional precautions if buying through saleyards as these represent a high biosecurity risk.