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 or state, and help protect Australia’s valuable overseas markets.
A short video in the series based on the risks associated with ‘farm outputs’, one of the six the biosecurity essentials, has been released by Farm Biosecurity. It includes practical advice on how to reduce the biosecurity risks of moving anything off the property and features interviews with farmers about why biosecurity is important to them.
When moving plants and animals, ensure your product is fit to travel. If animals are showing signs of disease, don’t spread it further by allowing them to leave. Before taking your animal to an agricultural show, sale or event, make sure it is healthy and check to see that venue has acceptable biosecurity measures in place to protect your animal. If not, consider what you can do to improve biosecurity for your animal.
Horse owner Kim Wearn was interviewed in the video about taking her horse to an event.
“Firstly, I make sure he is in good health… When I arrive at the event, I make sure he goes into a clean stall: if it needs to be wiped out, I disinfect after wiping it out. I make sure he’s not stored next to sick horses, take clean water buckets to use, and my horse is fully vaccinated,” said Ms Wearn.
Similarly, only take healthy plants to shows and markets. If your produce or plant stock is being sold with that of others, try to keep yours separate. Try not to bring back unsold produce to your farm but if you do, keep it isolated from other produce because you risk introducing new pests.
Garry Kadwell is a potato grower in NSW who was interviewed about the quality assurance program that enables him to send produce into South Australia.
“Our entire shire is proclaimed a quarantine area, and that prohibits the movement of machinery or planting material into the area. We are allowed to move our seed plant material interstate due to our quality assurance program, and also the guarantee of a plant health certificate which is issued by the Department of Agriculture,” said Mr Kadwell.
The risks associated with chemical residues on plants and in animal products are also covered in the video, as is appropriate plant and animal waste management.
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.
If you suspect you have an exotic pest or disease on your property call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888 or the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.
For more information and to watch the video, visit farmbiosecurity.com.au/videos