So you’ve set up the foot bath, you’ve placed a sign on the gate and stocked up with the pesticides and drenches you need to use this summer. Who else is helping you do all this? What’s your plan of attack? And, are you recording the biosecurity actions you are implementing?
This month, the Farm Biosecurity Program is launching the latest videos in the series based on the ‘biosecurity essentials’. The latest release – Train, plan and record – highlights the importance of good biosecurity planning, training and recording.
Cattle producer and horse owner, Rod Hoare, from Crookwell in NSW, was interviewed in the video. He describes how he integrated his biosecurity plan into the layout of his new property, and the importance of good record-keeping.
“We bought the property pretty well undeveloped. We were ever mindful of the need for good biosecurity because we have visiting horses all the time. At that stage we were breeding horses and we didn’t want any infected horses infecting our young stock,” Rod said.
“We worked the layout so no visiting horses would come into contact with our school horses.
“When visitors arrive at our property they are directed to a parking area. Cars go one way and trucks and floats go another way,” Rod said.
Rod believes that keeping records is the foundation of all biosecurity.
“It’s the biggest assurance we have that we are doing everything right, as we have records on nearly everything we do,” he added.
Batlow Apple Field Services Manager, Matt McMahon, also features in the video, describing the importance of the Batlow Apple Co-operative’s pest monitoring records in demonstrating that the area is one of low pest prevalence.
“We monitor on a regular basis and that determines whether or not a pest is present. If a (insect) pest is found present in the trap, we can apply control measures to get rid of it,” Matt said.
The topic of training is also covered with some helpful tips on training staff, contractors, family and friends who may be helping out on the property.
Training might include providing biosecurity manuals for new staff, implementing biosecurity briefings for short-term contractors and alerting people to specific pests and diseases.
For more information on Farm Biosecurity and to watch the video, visit farmbiosecurity.com.au/videos