Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

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Livestock Production Assurance: What 1 October 2017 means for producers

October 16, 2017

Over the past few months, the introduction of the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) and the addition of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements to the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) has seen on-farm biosecurity planning become the subject of many discussions, forums, workshops and articles. With the changes to LPA taking effect from 1 October, […] Read more
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Eradication of tomato potato psyllid not feasible

October 13, 2017

The Tomato Potato Psyllid National Management Group has advised that it is not technically feasible to eradicate the tiny sap sucking pest from Western Australia, where it was first found earlier this year. Now, a plan is being developed to manage the pest, to limit its further spread and the impact on growers in other […] Read more
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Dumped grain a harbour of risk

October 13, 2017

Most growers recognise that spilled grain on-farm is a biosecurity risk. Grain around storages, sheds, bunkers, bins and bags can attract and harbour grain storage pests that fly or hitchhike in from surrounding areas. Common pests include the lesser grain borer, flat grain beetle, rust-red flour beetle and warehouse moth. “It is only a quick […] Read more
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The race is on to identify horses

October 13, 2017

Horses are a common sight on many farms throughout the country, fulfilling roles as work animals, pets or breeding stock. However, while they are bought, sold and transported just as often as other livestock species, no national system is in place to identify and trace a horse’s movements throughout its life. The NSW Department of […] Read more

Time’s running out to apply for biosecurity award

October 11, 2017

There’s less than two weeks left to nominate an Aussie farmer for the 2018 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year award – an award that celebrates Australian producers who go the extra mile to avoid diseases, pests and weeds coming on to their property. Whether they work individually or with local, state or federal bodies, […] Read more