Farmers in WA’s Great Southern will have all of their foot and mouth disease questions answered at a July 19 workshop in Mount Barker, with the possibility of more events being held around the State. The workshop, organised by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, aims to teach “all you need to know about FMD” including what the disease looks like and the latest on the Indonesian outbreak. Attendees will learn more about the potential impact of an FMD outbreak in Australia, including the full extent of movement and trade bans on livestock and wool. They will also receive tips on rapid traceability and contingency planning, and hear about what lessons were learned from a major FMD outbreak in the UK in 2001. Speakers will include DPIRD veterinary officer Courtenay Bombara and the department’s livestock ID and traceability manager Beth Green. The event is supported by WAFarmers, Elders, Nutrien Livestock and Hubbard Agencies. WAFarmers president John Hassell said plans were afoot to hold another workshop somewhere in the Wheatbelt soon, though details had yet to be confirmed. “We’re probably going to organise a much larger information session in the central Wheatbelt or Northam way, facilitated by WA farmers and DPIRD,” he said. The Mount Barker workshop will be held at Sounness Park at 2pm. Registration is essential. Contact Heather Adams on 0428 541 051 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, July 17.