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Suburban keepers should be ‘eggstra’ vigilant on biosecurity

November 13, 2017

Keeping poultry such as chickens, ducks and geese in backyards is a popular practice across Australia, with many people hoping to live sustainably, provide eggs to family and friends or to teach their children about animal rearing and food production. While many birds live safe, healthy and comfortable lives in backyards, it is important to […] Read more
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Biosecurity a team effort

November 13, 2017

One thing is clear from the results of the 2017 Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey: you are working together more than ever before to secure your farms against all manner of biosecurity threats. When 1200 producers across Australia were interviewed it was discovered that two-thirds of them, regardless of what they farm, share the responsibility for […] Read more
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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