COVID-19 farm business update
Dairy Australia aims to ensure farmers, their families, staff and communities are safe and well as the situation around 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 do I managed 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 are 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
How do I stay updated?
• To stay up-to-date as to how to best protect yourself against COVID-19, please check-out these resources from
the Department of Health.
• If you are employing people, have a look at these resources with advice for employers.
• To stay up-to-date about travel restrictions, please check out the Department of Health’s website or the