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

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What is integrated pest management?

February 19, 2019

Integrated pest management (IPM) combines the use of biological, cultural and chemical practices to control insect pests in agricultural production.It seeks to use natural predators or parasites to control pests, using selective pesticides for backup only when pests are unable to be controlled by natural means. IPM should not be confused with organic practices.It does […] Read more
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Value for money on-farm and at the abattoir

February 19, 2019

Are you losing money through hidden health conditions in your sheep leading to meat processing waste? The National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) can help you to understand which health conditions might be causing your sheep to be less productive, especially when the signs can’t be seen on-farm. “The NSHMP was set up to monitor […] Read more
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Post-harvest jobs to protect stored grain from pests

February 18, 2019

After harvest is the perfect time for three simple on-farm hygiene jobs to protect your stored grain from pests and prepare for the year ahead. Kym McIntyre from the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program advises that over summer is a good time to clean your unused grain storage and handling equipment and clear piles of grain […] Read more
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Avoiding zoonotic diseases in flood recovery efforts

February 12, 2019

Updated Wednesday 20 February If you are making plans to help with the North Queensland flood recovery efforts, first make plans to look after yourself. Due to the large changes in the environment in the wake of the North Queensland flood event, it’s important that you protect yourself during recovery efforts. Soil borne pathogens, such as […] Read more
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WA potato growers’ incursion experience

December 13, 2018

Darryl Smith is a third-generation potato grower (and sheep producer), who grows about 64 hectares of potatoes a year, at Busselton, 200km south of Perth in Western Australia. His ‘self confessed’ claim to fame is that he was the first potato grower in Australia to have tomato potato psyllid (TPP) detected on his property. Darryl […] Read more