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

Sheep

Johne’s disease in sheep – a good news story

February 15, 2017

In some rare, but great news, ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) – a disease that has caused significant sheep losses in the past – is being detected in less animals inspected as part of the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (SHMP). This encouraging trend comes out of the data collected from the 1 to 1.5 million […] Read more
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Vehicle wash-down tackles parthenium challenge

February 8, 2017

An on-farm clean-down facility is one of the central components of farm biosecurity for Nigel and Rosemary Brumpton at their property ‘Baynham’, in Mitchell in Queensland. Careful attention to vehicle and machinery cleanliness has always been a priority, with a particular focus on preventing incursions of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus). The Brumptons strongly believe that […] Read more
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Sweet! A new manual for sugarcane growers

February 8, 2017

For the first time, sugarcane growers have a manual dedicated to their biosecurity needs. Sharyn Taylor, National Manager Broadacre Cropping at Plant Health Australia, said that the manual includes advice in line with the Farm Biosecurity essentials. “The essentials have been tailored to address situations that cane growers may relate to,” said Sharyn. In terms […] Read more
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Just in time for summer holiday travel

December 16, 2016

In addition to the restrictions on what can be brought into Australia from overseas, there are also rules about what can be moved around Australia. This is to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases from one area of the country to another. To help people comply with the rules, and just in time […] Read more
Exercise-Haryana

Karnal bunt scenario tests surveillance

December 16, 2016

During the past year, a number of activities have been undertaken as part of Exercise Haryana to test the grains industry’s readiness to respond to an incursion of the exotic fungal pathogen Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica) – one of Australia’s highest-alert plant diseases. These activities included field tests using simulated incursions in regional areas in […] Read more