Biosecurity is good for horse health
Practicing good biosecurity means taking action to protect your horse or horses from the negative impacts of pests and diseases.
Being biosecure will help:
Everyday horse ownership practices are all part of being biosecure. These include:
The equine influenza outbreak in 2007 is estimated to have cost government and industry $5.1 million per day. Horse racing across NSW was cancelled (including the Sydney Spring carnival) resulting in huge financial loss to the horse racing industry. There were associated losses for many small businesses including cafe and restaurant owners, taxi drivers and milliners.
The movement of horses across NSW was banned, adversely impacting NSW's horse breeding industry, pony clubs and our Olympic equestrian team.
There are certain actions a horse owner MUST legally take in order to be biosecure. These are detailed in the Biosecurity Act 2015 and supporting legislation.
The laws cover things that are likely to have the biggest impact on our economy, environment or community. They include rules around:
Visit the Biosecurity policies and procedures page for more (including ‘Principles for management of animal biosecurity and welfare in NSW’ and ‘Hendra virus investigation and management)’.
Your general biosecurity duty
As well as prescribing the rules for high risk biosecurity matter, the Biosecurity Act 2015 includes a biosecurity duty for horse owners, and everyone who deals with biosecurity matter.
This means that all tiers of government, industry and the people of NSW need to work together to protect the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, and weeds and contaminants.
This means horse owners need to:
Horse owners are also supported in managing biosecurity by Local Land Services, private veterinarians, community members and peak industry bodies.
Visit the General biosecurity duty page for more information.
Have a plan
The trick to managing biosecurity is that every horse owner will have different challenges and risks to manage based on location, seasonal conditions, activities, and the profile of your visitors.
A biosecurity plan can help you to identify the risks in your business and prioritise the biosecurity practices relevant to those risks.
Information on how to develop a farm management plan can be found at Farm Biosecurity.