The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards Program provides an opportunity to profile the practices and benefits of on-farm biosecurity, to recognise the great and innovative work of producers around the country and, of course, create greater awareness of the Farm Biosecurity program.
Putting money in your pocket
You would be hard pressed to find a sheep or cow in the country that would not trade places to live at Bally Glunin Park, near Hamilton in Victoria’s southwest. This is home to Australia’s first Biosecurity Farmer of the Year- livestock category, Michael Blake, who also took home Wool Producer of the Year at this year’s Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.
Blue ribbon biosecurity recognised
Lachlan Dobson, a fruit grower farming in the Ord River Irrigation Area of Kununurra, Western Australia, is the 2010 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year – plant category. With Timor only 500 kilometres off the coast, exotic pests are an ever-present threat to Lachlan’s 120,000 mango trees and 80,000 red flesh grapefruit trees. To combat the threat he has implemented a rigorous and integrated regime that sees biosecurity paramount on his farm – Kimberly Produce.
It’s helping farmers grow
New South Wales sheep producer and 2010 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year finalist, Terry Hayes, was a pioneer of biosecurity farming practices long before he knew what the term meant. Over the past four decades he has been heavily involved in plant and animal health measures that have helped improve the lives and businesses of many farmers and rural communities across the country.
Insurance for your farm and your future
With around 700 accredited feedlots now across the country, sharing an annual production value of around $2.7 billion, this growing livestock industry knows just how important biosecurity is in maintaining Australia’s world-leading reputation for clean, safe, disease-free beef. For 2010 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year finalist, Jim Cudmore of Kerwee Lot Feeders, of Jondaryan in South East Queensland, biosecurity is part of their everyday thinking and is one form of insurance their business cannot ignore.
Angus Woods leads biosecurity practice
Thinking about biosecurity in day-to-day farming operations has been vital to the success of the 12,000 hectares owned and operated by Queensland grain grower and 2010 Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year finalist, Angus Woods.
Sunshine Coast shines light on better biosecurity
Peter and Sandra Young’s holistic approach to biosecurity has rendered them champions of the Australian agricultural industry and finalists in this years inaugural Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards. On-farm biosecurity protects livelihoods, industries and communities.