Help prevent disease outbreaks at our local shows
SHOW time is approaching across many parts of the North Coast, and if you're taking a horse off to the local show, you will need a Property Identification Code (PIC).
North Coast Local Land Services district veterinarian, Ian Poe, said: "The aim of the PIC system is to help trace back the source, and contain the potential spread, of disease outbreaks such as horse flu or Hendra virus."
According to Clause 37 of the Stock Diseases Regulation 2009 it is a requirement in NSW for owners of livestock such as cattle, horses, sheep and goats to have a PIC when trading or moving these livestock.
A PIC is also required for other livestock including alpacas, llamas, and pigs if they are transported to a show or competition.
"The chance of a serious disease spreading increases during the show season when horses and other livestock are congregating in a small area like the local showground," Mr Poe said.
"Show societies have been required to upgrade their health and disease control measures, and collecting PIC data is part of this process to help with disease trace back."
Application forms can also be found online at www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au/livestock/pics
Local shows and other livestock competitions are important social events for country people. Taking sensible precautions to prevent disease spread, and cooperating with competition organisers in the collection of PIC data will ensure the show tradition continues to thrive on the North Coast.