What would you do if a Livestock Standstill was called? Have you ever considered it? Could your business survive a 72 hour standstill?
The likelihood of emergency animal diseases (EADs) such as foot-and-mouth disease is low but when outbreaks do occur, they have a serious impact on livestock transport businesses. An EAD could result in an immediate reduction in export markets and restrictions on livestock movements, and (in the case of a foot and mouth disease outbreak) an initial national livestock ‘standstill’. Infected or at-risk properties may also require livestock to be culled to help stop the disease from spreading. Would your business survive?
The Department of Agriculture has developed two very helpful documents designed specifically to help you understand your responsibilities and plan how to manage your business in the event of an EAD or Livestock Standstill.
Thirty minutes spent completing a plan under the guidance of the could improve the resilience of your business if an EAD occurs. You may even discover some useful ideas for improving the every-day operation of your business.
Click on the images below to download the documents.
Another critical resource, both to prepare for a possible EAD and to respond to one should it occur, is the AUSVETPLAN Enterprise Manual for Saleyards and Transport. You can download and browse this manual and to file it where it is readily accessible.