Responsibility for biosecurity doesn’t end when plant products or animals leave the farm gate. The measures in place on your property support biosecurity in your region.
You have an important role to play in protecting your region and the entire industry from biosecurity threats. Protect your reputation and your business – within a region, every farm may be affected in the event of a pest incursion or disease outbreak.
Moving animals off the property
If your animals are showing signs of disease, don’t spread it further.
Seek advice from your vet on the best way to assess livestock health.
Be aware of cleaning and hygiene practices of the transport provider.
When taking animals to shows and sales, isolate returning stock for 21 days to allow anything they may have picked up to show signs and avoid transferring to your other stock.
Moving plant products off the property
Ensure that all transport providers moving plants or plant products from your property abide by the cleaning and hygiene practices in place on your property. This includes ensuring trucks are clean before entering and leaving.
Don’t share equipment or mix other growers’ produce with yours – keep them separate.
Ensure all produce sold is fresh, healthy and of high quality.
Remove all soil and adhering plant material from produce before sale.
Keep an eye out for any signs of pests – and report them immediately if spotted.
Disinfect all equipment on arrival back at your property.
Try to not bring back unsold produce to your farm – you risk introducing new pests to your property. If you do, store it separate from other stock to minimise the chance of transferring pests and diseases.
Product packing and storage
Maintaining good on-farm hygiene when dealing with fruit and fruit by-products can minimise cross-contamination and breeding environments for pests and diseases. Grain markets also demand that delivered produce is free of live insects. To ensure good hygiene, please follow the recommended measures outlined in the Production practices section.
"2016 has been a dynamic year for Australian agriculture and we look forward to managing the ongoing challenges and improving our animal health systems into the future" - Dr. Mark Schipp, Australian Chief Veterinary Officer