The cotton industry section also includes information about specific pests and management practices.
Here are seven easy ways you can reduce the threat of new pests (which includes insects, diseases and weeds) entering, establishing and impacting on your farm. These practices apply to all activities being carried out on your property.
1. Be aware of biosecurity threats
Make sure you, your farm workers and contractors are familiar with the most important exotic cotton pests .
2. Use ‘clean’ farm inputs
Ensure all seed (for cotton and other crops) and other farm inputs that are brought onto your farm are pest-free. Keep records of your farm inputs and where they came from.
3. ‘Come Clean Go Clean’
Practicing good farm hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your property. Workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are decontaminated before they enter and leave your farm. Have a designated visitor’s area and provide wash-down facilities for machinery, vehicles and people. Keep up-to-date with recommended protocols for wash-down.
4. Control volunteers
Keep your farm free of cotton volunteer plants at all times throughout the year.
5. Check your crop
Monitor your crop frequently. Being familiar with the usual appearance of your crop and local pests will help you recognise new or unusual symptoms and pests. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest threat.
6. Abide by the law
Be aware of and support laws and regulations established to protect the cotton industry.
7. Report anything unusual
If you suspect a new pest – report it immediately to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
The Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Cotton Industry outlines the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for cotton producers are listed below.
To ensure your property has the best protection against the introduction and spread of new pests, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your biosecurity activities through some self-assessment questions.
Once identified, a few simple, non-costly and practical procedures can be implemented to strengthen areas of greatest risk. While changing everyday practices can take more effort in the short term, these will become second nature with time and are easier and cheaper than dealing with the introduction of a new pest.
Pest surveillanceReporting suspect pests
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Oh come on the Industry does as it pleases regardless of public opinion
Look what happened with transport and saleysrds S&Gs now we have legalised cruelty
this might interest you Kat Ryan
Rita Schembri Canning
I truly hope this has the outcome it should. Not before time.
Reading this is absolutely heart breaking. Animals don't deserve to be tortured like this - beak trimming was particularly difficult to read. Day old chicks are subjected to horrible cruelty! 😞
Followed by a life of imprisonment in cramped cages/sheds, not fair! 😞
Animals want to live just as much as you and me
I'm sorry 💔 absolutely heart breaking 💔
Chickens are food not friends. They harbour plenty of diseases and are intellectually stunted. I would have nothing to do with them if they weren’t beheaded, defeathered and butchered to form the backbone of my Indian curry dishes.
Kelly Hansen Andelko Jukic
It's about time.
Yes people, animals have more rights than children in Australia.
These standards will never be adhered to, if you read the last sentence under 'Guidelines' says 'Non compliance with guidelines will not be an offence,' derrrrr! Why have standards and guidelines if they are full of jelly water?
You can watch the torture right here. Be on the right side of history and #GoVegan Aussie Farms
Just another thing that will turn into a business, and to make a profit out of every one. Just like RSPCA.
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