The Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers outlines the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for grain producers are listed below. The grain industry section also includes information about specific pests and management practices.
By implementing the recommended measures in your day-to-day operations, you will improve your farm’s biosecurity and that of your region, while minimising crop losses and unnecessary costs.
Here are six simple, routine farm practices you can do to reduce the threat of new pests entering and establishing on your property. Each practice should be embedded in your farm’s everyday management as they make good business sense by reducing the risk of spreading any pest.
1. Be aware of biosecurity threats
Make sure you, your farm workers and contractors are familiar with the most important grains pest threats. Conduct a biosecurity induction session on your farm to explain hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles.More
2. Ensure seed is pest free, and preferably certified
Ensure all seed and other farm inputs are fully tested, pest-free and preferably certified. Keep records of your farm inputs.
3. Keep it clean
Practicing good sanitation and 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 vehicle and personnel disinfecting facilities.
4. Check your crop
Monitor your crop frequently. Knowing the usual appearance of your crop will help you recognise new or unusual events and pests. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest threat.
5. Abide by the law
Support and be aware of laws and regulations established to protect the grains industry, Australian agriculture, and your region.
6. Report anything unusual
If you suspect a new pest – report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
The Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers and the Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Organic Grains Industry outline the recommended on-farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for grains producers are also listed.
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 in the Biosecurity best practice checklist. (Organic grains farmers should complete the Organic grains biosecurity best practice checklist.)
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.
The Pest Information Document Database on the Plant Health Australia website contains the pest-specific documents developed as part of industry biosecurity plans (IBPs). These documents provide background and emergency response information on a number of the high priority pests of Australia's plant industries.
Pest surveillanceReporting suspect pests
The next researcher we'd like to introduce as part of the FMD Ready Project is Emma Davis. Emma is part of sub-project 2 'Farmer Led Surveillance'.
Emma graduated from Veterinary Science with Honors in University of Sydney Class of 2001 with her second degree, her first being Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine Studies) through Charles Sturt University. Emma’s lifelong love of horses led her to equine practice and then rural mixed veterinary practice. In 2007 Emma joined the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and here worked on AusAID projects on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
"It is a unique experience to work with researchers of such a high calibre each in their own right - and between them - across a wide range of topics. The social science of biosecurity and particularly using innovation platforms are something I have not worked with before and am relishing the opportunity."
Owner of Annkea Alpacas, Annette said “We enjoy these weekends as we can show our beautiful animals to the public, engage in conversations about how we care for them, shear them and how alpacas could be of a benefit to farmers with small or large properties. We encourage families to visit by promoting to the local schools.”
Located in Victoria and alongside Clifden Alpacas and Wangurra Alpacas, the three alpaca stud farms are opening up over 5-6 May with a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and nibbles all day. There’ll be plenty of alpaca wool, toys, garments and Archie the Black Alpaca books for sale! On Sunday 6 May, a representative from the Victorian Woolen Mill will be giving a talk on how they process alpaca fleece into Yarn.
The first of a series of six Northern Australia Aquatic Biosecurity Awareness Workshops kicked off in Darwin yesterday!
Offering biosecurity awareness training, workshop attendees were treated to a hands-on dissection focusing on dissection techniques for taking samples ready for laboratory testing. Attendees got to practice on prawns, barramundi and oysters.
Check out some great photos below!
Facilitated by Dr Matt Landos, Director of Future Fisheries Veterinary Service as a collaborative effort between AHA and Australian Biosecurity.
Andrew has been interning with us for the past few weeks as part of his final year of State Veterinary Medicine at Charles Sturt University - CSU. He's been under the guidance of our Senior Manager, Biosecurity Dr Rob Barwell.
Today was his last day and Canberra turned on the weather for a lunchtime run up Mt Ainslie!
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"The first in a series of six Northern Australia Aquatic Biosecurity Awareness workshops kick off in Darwin on Wednesday 18 April. The workshops offer biosecurity awareness training." - https://t.co/oTO0UwBo6o
Whether its feed, water, new plants or livestock, anything moved onto your property can be a pathway for diseases, pests and weeds. Find out more at Farm #Biosecurity https://t.co/jokD6LAchV @planthealthaust
Catch up on the latest updates as we work with various research organisations to tackle 10 target weed species. We are using a biological control approach which makes use of the invasive plant's naturally occurring enemies to help reduce its impact: https://t.co/xhXjMBK8BE
Our CEO Inca Pearce is looking forward to sharing information about the project to develop a cost effective and sensitive method to detect phylloxera DNA in soil samples collected from vineyards at the Mildura conference! https://t.co/SJXBjtSUCD