Don’t horse around with PICs at this year’s Maclean Show

IF YOU'RE planning to taking a horse to the Maclean Show this year, don't forget to take a PIC.

A Property Identification Code, that is.

North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian Ian Poe said chance of a serious disease spreading increased during show season, and the aim of the PIC system was to contain and help trace disease outbreaks back to the source.

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.

"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," Dr Poe said.

For more information on the process or to apply for a new PIC, head to your nearest Local Land Services office or www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au/livestock/pics.



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