Shooting of footage has begun for the next two videos in the series based on the Farm Biosecurity essentials. The themes for the videos are ‘train, plan and record’, and ‘feral animals and weeds’.
The short videos will provide a practical overview of some measures you can implement as part of your daily routine to minimise biosecurity risks. They are part of the growing suite of resources available from the Farm Biosecurity website to help producers to implement biosecurity measures on-farm.
Training and planning activities and recording what you have done are just as important from a biosecurity perspective as they are for other aspects of your business.
The videos will provide hints about ways in which to include biosecurity into your daily activities. For example, providing new staff and contractors with biosecurity information along with other induction materials like work agreements prior to starting work.
Keeping records like animal health statements, vendor declarations, seed purity certificates, visitor records, staff training and pest and disease monitoring records is an important aspect of on-farm biosecurity.
Recording pest and disease monitoring can be important in maintaining market access for Australian crop and livestock products. Good record keeping will also help authorities trace the origin and spread of pests or diseases and effectively contain outbreaks.
The biosecurity risks associated with feral animals and weeds will also be highlighted in the videos.
Feral animals can not only impact on production by damaging fences, attacking livestock and destroying plants; they can also carry disease, pests and weeds onto and around your property. But there are actions you can take to deter them from visiting your property or actively control their numbers. For example, dispose of any carcases properly and promptly so they don’t attract wild and feral animals. You could also work with neighbours and other producers in the district to develop a wild and feral animal control program.
Weeds and volunteer (unmanaged) plants can harbour pests or diseases between seasons, potentially causing early re-infection of the following year’s crop. Ensure crop destruction and follow-up controls remove all volunteers in paddocks and along fencelines or irrigation hardware.
Everyone has a role to play in biosecurity, but they may simply not be aware of what they can do to make a difference. Encourage staff to provide ideas about what you can do in each of these areas to improve on biosecurity, and then put the ideas into action.
The videos will be available in the coming months, but in the meantime, visit farmbiosecurity.com.au for useful tips and tools to start making biosecurity a part of your farm management practices.