A unique feature of the new Farm Biosecurity website is the personal profile builder.
Farm Biosecurity program technical adviser, Duncan Rowland, says that the large proportion of mixed and multi-sector producers is the key reason why the program became an initiative run jointly by Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia.
“The website already provides dedicated industry pages which amalgamate all the biosecurity information, links and tools relevant to each plant and livestock industry,” Mr Rowland says. “But the personal profile builder goes one step further by allowing you to select and display as many industries as you like.”
To use the feature, simply check as many industry boxes as are relevant to your farm type and click the ‘Save farm profile’ button.
This produces a results page which displays a snapshot of the main farm biosecurity tools available for the chosen industries with the option of going into any one of them individually.
The personalised profile remains saved while your browser is active – even if you have shut down the particular tab with containing the Farm Biosecurity website. Moreover, the personal profile builder hot button is available from the right hand column on each and every page of the website, giving easy and efficient access to your chosen industries.
“The mix of cropping and extensive grazing is very common, as are multiple vegetable and fruit operations.” Mr Rowland adds. “It’s not unusual for plant growers to own horses or to keep some chooks or pigs out the back.
“When developing the current program, we recognised that many of the fundamental messages around good on-farm biosecurity are the same for all producers; and that Australian farmers deserved a one-stop-shop where they could obtain reliable information no matter what their farm type. This unique feature of our new website is a great, innovative way to deliver that information.”
(Image: Misty Brae Holstein Studs proudly displaying their new free farm biosecurity sign)