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2013 Media releases

 

16 December

Who’s looking after biosecurity on the farm while you’re away?

For many producers, particularly those with smaller operations, going away this Christmas may mean leaving your livestock under the supervision of others. Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager of Biosecurity Services is reminding producers to reiterate the importance of on-farm biosecurity practices to their chosen farm caretakers. 
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13 September

Biosecurity ‘like wearing a seatbelt’ for Tassie fish farm

The 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award winner was announced last night in Melbourne, at the annual Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. Peter and Frances Bender’s fish farm and processing business, Huon Aquaculture Pty Ltd took out this fiercely contended prize in the animal category. Peter and Frances won the award because biosecurity has been ‘second nature’ since it began 25 years ago.
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13 September

Biosecurity award winner leads by example

Grain farmer Ron Creagh from Nungarin, WA is the winner of the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, announced at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards held in Melbourne last night. Ron captured the award with the depth and breadth of his experience, which plays a role not only in his own business but also the broader community and the WA grains industry.
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5 September

WA award finalist a veteran of biosecurity on-farm

West Australian farmer Ron Creagh is a finalist in the plant category of the 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Ron, with his wife Robyn and son Kim farm 13,000 hectares in the low rainfall shires of Trayning and Nungarin in the central wheat belt of Western Australia. It is a family business, established by Ron’s grandparents in 1909, that has celebrated over 100 years of agriculture.
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5 September

Award finalist getting back to cane farming basics

Canegrower Clinton Southern is a finalist in the plant category of the 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Clinton leases an 80 hectare sugarcane farm in Ayr, Queensland. He, like other cane growers, is trying to manage a crop affected by yellow canopy syndrome. No-one really knows what causes it yet, but it’s the cane growers who have to manage it.
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5 September

Honey bee crusader a finalist for biosecurity award

Tasmanian bee keeper Lindsay Bourke is a finalist in the plant category of the 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Lindsay owns and operates Australian Honey Products Pty Ltd. He manages around 3,000 hives which produce honey and provide valuable pollination services for over 18 different crops.
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4 September

Farmers spread word to stop spread of disease

A first-hand experience with ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) seven years ago put wool producers, Shelley and Chris Cocker from Evendale in Tasmania on a crusade to help make other Tasmanian producers more aware of the disease and the biosecurity practices required to minimise the incidence of OJD.
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4 September

Merino farm fights back after disease scare

Richard and Jacquie Halliday from Bordertown, South Australia demonstrate that when it comes to managing ovine Johne’s disease (OJD), good communication is their biosecurity weapon of choice.
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4 September

Nothing fishy about biosecurity for aquaculture business

In a first for the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, an aquaculture business has been chosen as a finalist in the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, with Peter and Frances Bender’s Tasmanian salmon and trout farm and processing operation demonstrating that biosecurity is not confined to dry land.
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3 September

Variety rules in 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards

There is no shortage of variety in the finalists for the 2013 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards which were announced this week, including producers from a variety of livestock and plant categories across four states.
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17 July

Award winner calls on clean farms to step forward

The winner of last year’s livestock Biosecurity Farmer of the Year award is calling on fellow producers to highlight the benefits of sound on-farm biosecurity by nominating for this year’s award.
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20 March

Secure your farm with new website

Farm Biosecurity – the program which provides Australian producers with information on protecting their properties from diseases, pests and weeds – has a brand new website.
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14 March

Bring trophies, not disease, back from the show

With the annual show season underway this month and thousands of animals about to descend on the Sydney showgrounds, it is an ideal time to consider the simple biosecurity measures which prevent unwanted diseases, pests and weeds hitching a ride back to your property.
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