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Annual Land & Stock Returns due 31 August

Greater Sydney Local Land Services is reminding landholders across the region to lodge their Annual Land and Stock Returns by 31st August 2015.

Annual Land and Stock Returns are a census for livestock and help build a statewide biosecurity picture about agricultural use and livestock numbers.

Landholders or managers of properties 10ha or larger who pay Local Land Services rates, or who have a Property Identification Code, are required to complete an Annual Land and Stock Return, even if they don't have any stock.

If the Annual Land and Stock Return isn't lodged by August 31, an animal health rate and meat industry levy is automatically applied to next year's rates notice.

Landholders and are encouraged to lodge online, which is the fastest and easiest method and provides more accurate information.

Along with the stock identification and traceability systems Local Land Services manages, the information is invaluable in the event of emergency disease outbreak, such as Avian Influenza or Hendra Virus.

Effective animal biosecurity and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers, now and in the future.  That is why Local Land Services works with land managers to monitor herds and flocks and share up-to-date advice and information to increase productivity.

For more information landholders should contact their nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.