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Biosecurity Queensland is urging horse owners to be aware of new biosecurity laws that will commence on 1 July 2016. General Manager for Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Dr Allison Crook, said it was important horse owners understood the new laws.
Dr Crook said the requirements for recording horse movements had changed to ensure a stronger traceability system. “From 1 July, every time a horse moves from a property, a movement record must be created,” Dr Crook said.
The movement record must include:
- where the horses/s are being moved from
- where the horses/s are being moved to and the name of the person receiving the horse/s
- a description of the horse/s including species, breed and any distinguishing feature sufficient to identify the horse/s
- the date of movement
- the person completing the record
- the actions taken to minimise the risk of cattle ticks if moving a horse from the tick infested zone to the free zone, or from infested places in the free zone.
The laws introduce the general biosecurity obligation, meaning horse owners must take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under their control and must ensure their actions do not spread pests or diseases.
Queensland’s new Biosecurity Act 2014 will commence on 1 July 2016. To find out more about your responsibilities visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.