You have an important role to play in protecting your vineyard and the entire viticulture industry from biosecurity threats.
Here are six easy ways you can reduce the threat of new pests impacting on your livelihood. Each of these practices should be embedded in the day-to-day management of your vineyard as they make good business sense by reducing the risk of spreading pests.
1. Be aware of biosecurity threats
Make sure you and your vineyard workers are familiar with the most important exotic pest threats of grapevines. Conduct a biosecurity induction session to explain required hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles in your vineyard.
2. Use pest-free propagation material
Ensure all propagation material is from trusted sources and vineyard inputs are fully tested, pest-free and preferably certified. Keep good records of your vineyard inputs.
3. Keep it clean
Practising good sanitation and hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your vineyard. Workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are clean before entering and leaving your vineyard. Limit entry points to the property, have a designated visitor’s area and provide vehicle and personnel wash-down facilities.
4. Check your vineyard
Monitor your grapevines frequently. Knowing the usual appearance of your vineyard and grapevines will help you recognise new or unusual plant symptoms or pests. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest.
5. Abide by the law
Be aware of and respect laws and regulations established to protect the viticulture industry, Australian agriculture and your region.
6. Report anything unusual
If you suspect a new pest – report it immediately to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800, 084 881.
The Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture Industry outlines the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for grape producers are also listed.
To ensure your vineyard has the best protection against the introduction and spread of new pests, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your biosecurity activities by completing a best practice checklist.
Once identified, a few simple, non-costly and practical procedures can be implemented to strengthen areas of greatest risk to your vineyard. 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
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