Hobby Farmers, Small and New Landholders
More and more Tasmanians are enjoying the lifestyle of having a few acres, having a few animals, growing some of their own food and so on. It is estimated that there are now around eight smallholder or hobby farmers for every commercial farmer in Tasmania. They range from people with a few backyard chooks and a vegie patch through to those who are making serious attempts to get at least part of their living from the land.
It is most important, not just for the smallholder or hobby farmers themselves but also for everyone else in the community, that all farmers - small, new and established commercial alike, take their biosecurity and animal welfare responsibilities seriously. The following documents provide some basic information to help you do just that.
Please feel free to download any or all of these documents and keep them handy for future reference. It is important to understand that they are for general guidance only and livestock owners should always seek advice from a veterinarian for their specific circumstances.
General Biosecurity Information
Animals and Bush Fire