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Dairy Australia coronavirus covid-19 farm business update

13 March 2020

Dairy Australia aims to ensure farmers, their families, staff and communities are safe and well as the situation around coronavirus (Covid-19) evolves.

The dairy industry has a dedicated group which is actively monitoring the situation and meeting regularly to manage the impact for dairy farmers and the wider industry.

How can I manage the impact of Covid-19 on my farm business?

Dairy farmers have a number of options to prepare their business and make contingency plans.

Farmers can consider:

  • Protecting your staff from exposure - consider international visitors, people returning from overseas from at risk areas, and consider self-isolation if staff unwell.
  • Potential impacts on your business and ability to operate.
  • Operating with limited labour due to staff having to self-isolate following travel or closure of schools or childcare.
  • What goods (e.g. chemicals) do you rely on to keep your business going in the coming three to four months. Contact suppliers to secure goods or source alternatives.
  • At this point the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Australian Veterinary Association indicated there is no evidence that livestock can contract or spread the disease.

Do I need a Biosecurity Plan?

Where possible, dairy farmers should enact a biosecurity plan which can be created using Dairy Australia’s Biosecurity tool.

This includes procedures around:

  • Farm visitors
  • Thorough business hygiene practices for staff

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