Whether you keep a few livestock as pets or you run a commercial farm, the Department of Agriculture and Food encourages you to find out more about registering as a livestock owner at the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day later this month.
Department staff will be on site to provide information and answer your questions about livestock owner registration and livestock identification.
Field day attendees can visit the department stall throughout the day or join a talk about stock identification and movement at 10.30am on Sunday 28 May the Goat Shed.
Department Brands Registrar Bob Vassallo said owners of all cows, sheep, pigs, goats, llama and alpacas are required to be registered.
“Increasingly, people want to know where their food comes from and owner registration and livestock identification are critical to tell the life history of an animal,” Dr Vassallo said.
“Whether you’re running a large cattle property, grazing a few sheep on a small landholding or you have a pet pig or goat, all livestock owners need to be registered with the department to provide the necessary traceability.
“Being able to identify and track livestock movement helps us to manage any disease outbreak that may occur, which would affect livestock belonging to small landholders or kept as pets as well as commercial animals. It also boosts consumer confidence in the integrity of WA’s livestock product and protects the health of the livestock industry which supports our regional economies.
“Knowing where animals have come from and who owns them provides the traceability to support market access for Western Australia’s livestock and livestock product which in 2015/16 was worth $2 billion.”
To find out more about how to register as an owner, go to the DAFWA website and search ‘livestock ownership, identification and movement’. Access the livestock ownership registration form or contact the Department Brands Office on (08) 9780 6207.
Department senior research officer Darryl Hardie will be speaking about priority plant pests including tomato potato psyllid at the small landholders marquee on Sunday morning.
The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day is on Sunday 28 May.
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