You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire horse owning community from biosecurity threats.
On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices that protect the health of your horses and minimise the risk of disruption and financial loss from a major disease event.
The workbook assists venue owners and managers to establish a set of biosecurity measures applicable to their venue, which can easily be implemented over time to ensure horses are protected from diseases and pests. It was produced so a venue holding just one horse, or a racing complex holding hundreds, could design and implement measures appropriate for their particular venue, while also addressing individual management and site issues. The Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook can be adapted to suit your individual horse activities and enterprise.
As a horse owner, the best way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property. The Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook contains a number of useful tools, including a self-assessment worksheet with many tips to help you develop your own Biosecurity Action Plan. Two practical examples of self-assessment are provided below to help you to develop a personalised action plan.
Other resources in the workbook include an Action Plan template, an Emergency Disease Action Plan, Visitor Register, Visitor Risk Assessment checklist, Movement Records sheet and Husbandry Records sheet.
The single biggest threat to horse owners is an outbreak of an emergency animal disease. For this reason, Australia’s horse industries have worked with governments and Animal Health Australia to put in place a series of animal health policies at both the state and national levels to guard against threats to the sector's biosecurity.
Located in Kin Kin, Queensland, owner Maureen has said “We have been opening our farm to the public during Alpaca Week and Alpaca Weekend since we joined the industry 10 years ago. We love alpacas and it has been a fascinating journey for me through my keenness in crafting.
We have learned a lot about raising alpacas in our particular region which has its own challenges being a subtropical, high rainfall area. Opening our farm gives us opportunity to meet people who want to learn about the alpaca.”
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."
MEDIA RELEASE | Aquatic biosecurity awareness – what’s it all about?
"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