Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

What is farm biosecurity?

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

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Biosecurity essentials

The best defence against pests and diseases is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Farm biosecurity toolkit

We have tools, tips and manuals to help you implement farm biosecurity on your property. You will also find individual profiles for a range of livestock and crops: or you can create a profile tailored to your farm.

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    • Using property zoning to implement biosecurity on-farm

      April 19, 2018

      Zoning is the division of your farm into separate areas based on the level of biosecurity that is needed to minimise the possibility of pests and diseases from coming onto and moving around your property. Generally, three zones are required to limit access according to the risk status of the area. In order of increasing […]

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    • Rum Jungle biosecurity shining light to follow

      Last month, we announced the winners of Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award, which are part of the Australian Biosecurity Awards. In the next two issues of Farm Biosecurity News, we will be profiling the winners and filling in some of the details. The first profile is of Alan Petersen and Julie-Ann Murphy from […]

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    • Mycoplasma bovis – look after your herd and your back pocket

      April 18, 2018

      You may be aware of the current outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis and the eradication effort that is underway in New Zealand. M. bovis is present in Australia, so you may wonder why the response in New Zealand is so different to that in Australia, and whether there is anything you should be doing to protect […]

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    • The why, when and how of Animal Health Declarations

      A big part of any on-farm biosecurity plan is managing the introduction of new livestock to the property. As with all farm inputs, new animals can bring in weed seeds, insect pests, disease agents and other parasites, any of which can have a big impact on your property. You can manage these risks in a […]

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    • Warning on uncertified seed

      March 20, 2018

      While it might be tempting to trade seed ‘over the fence’ for sowing, the biosecurity risks associated with using uncertified seed should be considered carefully. Dr Sharyn Taylor, coordinator of the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program run by Plant Health Australia, says sowing uncertified seed poses an unknown level of risk to production. “In addition to […]

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