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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    • Spots that were unusual

      February 15, 2017

      Have you spotted anything unusual on your property? Well, prawn farmers on the Logan River in Queensland have literally been spotting unusual spots – aptly identified as white spot disease. There is now a concerted effort underway to detect further cases, enforce movement controls in the Logan River area and hopefully eradicate the disease. This […]

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    • Johne’s disease in sheep – a good news story

      In some rare, but great news, ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) – a disease that has caused significant sheep losses in the past – is being detected in less animals inspected as part of the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (SHMP). This encouraging trend comes out of the data collected from the 1 to 1.5 million […]

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    • Vehicle wash-down tackles parthenium challenge

      February 8, 2017

      An on-farm clean-down facility is one of the central components of farm biosecurity for Nigel and Rosemary Brumpton at their property ‘Baynham’, in Mitchell in Queensland. Careful attention to vehicle and machinery cleanliness has always been a priority, with a particular focus on preventing incursions of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus). The Brumptons strongly believe that […]

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    • Sweet! A new manual for sugarcane growers

      For the first time, sugarcane growers have a manual dedicated to their biosecurity needs. Sharyn Taylor, National Manager Broadacre Cropping at Plant Health Australia, said that the manual includes advice in line with the Farm Biosecurity essentials. “The essentials have been tailored to address situations that cane growers may relate to,” said Sharyn. In terms […]

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    • Just in time for summer holiday travel

      December 16, 2016

      In addition to the restrictions on what can be brought into Australia from overseas, there are also rules about what can be moved around Australia. This is to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases from one area of the country to another. To help people comply with the rules, and just in time […]

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