Feral animals and weeds can both pose a health risk to livestock and damage crops. Ensure you monitor and manage these widespread risks to your business.
Feral animals pose a risk to your property through direct impact on livestock and production and by carrying disease onto and around your property. To protect the health of your livestock, crops and plantations it is important to minimise the risks associated with feral animals.
Wild and feral animals can mix with your livestock and cause disease; they can also destroy large areas of cropping land if left unchecked. Vermin can contaminate feed and water causing disease.
Weed species are significant biosecurity problems in their own right, as well as being alternative hosts of some agricultural and horticultural pests. They can also make livestock sick. To reduce the risks:
The earlier a suspect weed is detected and reported the higher the chance of eradication or implementation of effective control measures, and the lower the long-term damage to the individual producer and the industry. It is to your benefit to report a weed detection as early as possible.
For information regarding your state or territory’s list of declared or noxious weeds please see the below links:
Volunteer or unmanaged plants can harbour pests or diseases between seasons. These residual pests or diseases then have the potential to cause early re-infection of the following year’s crop.
Ensure crop destruction and follow-up controls remove all volunteers in paddocks. Where necessary, control volunteers external to the paddock (eg roadways, head ditches, etc).
Property and land destruction through fire, flood, storms etc, can lead to habitat changes, which often provide an opportunity for pests and weeds to become established, and for feral animals to enter. To ensure this does not become an issue, regularly inspect your property for the presence of diseases, pests, weeds and ferals, particularly any areas that have been recently landscaped (eg new roads or dams) or affected by land destruction (e.g. fences).