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.
We're looking for our next Graduate Biosecurity Officer!
If you have a relevant degree or experience in the animal health or agriculture industry, a great team player and have excellent organisation and communication skills, we'd love to hear from you! - https://t.co/3BIgw1IzRI
Feral animals and weeds aren’t just a nuisance, they can also introduce diseases, parasites and weeds to your property. Make sure you have the upper hand https://t.co/IRCb7nc0Cg @planthealthaust#biosecurity
Stay alert for this little invader: the Large Earth Bumblebee. Recently detected in Sydney's Northern suburbs @nswdpi need to know if he has friends in our neighborhood. If you see it, please try to take a photo and if safe to do so, catch one and put it in your freezer for ID.
To reduce the risk of any brown marmorated stink bugs arriving from overseas, we've introduced new measures for used vehicles and machinery arriving from Japan. They'll need to be inspected and cleaned at an MPI-approved facility in Japan before export >> https://t.co/nDQ8xCtWg7
Foreign fishing vessels can carry a range of hitchhiking pests. Check out #BiosecurityMatters to read about what we did when an abandoned #fishing boat washed ashore of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands | https://t.co/9LkPmC4mG2