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

Harvesting Grapes

Top 10 tips to improve biosecurity at harvest time

February 16, 2018

Harvest is usually the season when extra activity on your property can create additional biosecurity risks for your farm. According to Rod Turner, General Manager, Preparedness and R&D at Plant Health Australia, every movement onto your farm risks bringing in hitchhiking pests and weeds. “People who come into production areas to pick fruit can pose […] Read more
David Nix potato grower

Checks and balance

February 16, 2018

Prevention is always better than cure at David Nix’s Atherton Tablelands farm. After all, the arrival of an unwanted pest or disease can instantly devastate the far-north Queensland potato grower’s livelihood – together with those of his neighbours, and regional and state colleagues if quarantine restrictions are imposed. That threat looms large every day, David […] Read more
Photo: Arthur Mostead

Big bucks in rangeland goats, but what about biosecurity?

February 16, 2018

Mustering rangeland goats has become an important source of income for many producers, fueled by a rising international demand for goat meat and a handy rise in prices over the last decade. However, producers should exercise caution when rounding up and selling a mob, according to Animal Health Australia’s Senior Manager Biosecurity, Dr Rob Barwell. […] Read more
Feral pig

Don’t let your biosecurity plan go to the dogs

February 16, 2018

Feral animals are a fact of life on the land and many producers understand the threat of livestock predation, destruction of crops or damage to farm infrastructure. Compared to these risks, the human and animal health impacts of feral animals are often overlooked, though the threat is just as pressing. Research indicates that wild dogs, […] Read more
Brown marmorated stink bug

It’s stink bug season again

December 15, 2017

In recent years between September and April, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has declared ‘stink bug season’ and ramped up treatments and inspections of goods received from the USA, Europe, and Asia to minimise the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB; Halyomorpha halys) entering the country via travellers and freight. […] Read more