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

Farm biosecurity essentials: farm inputs video

November 6, 2014

Greg MeakerFarm Biosecurity has produced another short video  in the series based on the ‘biosecurity essentials’. It provides a practical overview of some measures you can implement as part of your daily routine to minimise the risks associated with moving anything onto your property.

The video features interviews with farmers about why biosecurity is important to them.

Information in the video suggests that to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming onto your property, buy your farm inputs from trusted sources and wherever possible, inspect newly arriving planting material and livestock before they are mixed with your existing stock.

Greg Meaker is a sheep producer who was interviewed in the video about on-farm quarantining of animals.

“Normally when I bring sheep onto the place they go into a quarantine paddock. The sheep would come in here and stay in here anywhere from 21 to 28 days to remove any weed seeds, and also to monitor both sheep and cattle for any signs of ill health,” said Mr Meaker.

To be sure of what you’re getting, request supporting paperwork from the seller. This could be a national vendor declaration, a certified seed certificate, a commodity vendor declaration or a national animal health statement. Accredited suppliers will provide you with records of the product’s source and any testing history.

Nursery manager David Doherty knows the importance of water quality for irrigating plants.

“We’ve got two ponds in our irrigation systems. The first is a natural wetland that cleans the water through reeds. That water is then transferred to a storage pond; the water taken from the storage pond is pumped up to the nursery for another round of irrigation. It actually uses nature to give us the very best quality of water.”

The biosecurity risks associated with other inputs such as animal feed and bedding, bee hives, propagating materials, potting mix, fertilisers and compost are also discussed as well as tips on how to minimise the risk provided.

Implementing biosecurity measures on your property, no matter what you farm or what size business you run, doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

If a new pest or disease becomes established on your farm, it will affect your business through increased costs, reduced productivity or loss of markets.

For more information on Farm Biosecurity and to watch the video, visit our website