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

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Using an integrated pest management strategy to manage psyllids

June 9, 2017

In 2008, a study project into control options within an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy was undertaken, to prepare for an Australian incursion of the tomato potato psyllid. Based on work done in New Zealand, the project looked at methods which had been effective or ineffective in New Zealand’s potato crops, and developed a strategy […] Read more
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It’s that time again: Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey

June 9, 2017

Every couple of years the Farm Biosecurity Program, run by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, conducts a national phone survey of 1200 producers. Both crop and livestock producers are asked what they think about biosecurity, what kind of information they need and how they like to receive it. We also ask about crop […] Read more
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Smart traps – a new tool in fruit fly management

June 9, 2017

Recently there has been a lot of talk about ‘smart’ traps in fruit fly management, but what are they and what can they do? In short, smart traps are based on the familiar sticky traps or pheromone traps, but use a combination of cameras or other sensors to provide up-to-date information about what is happening […] Read more
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Biosecurity – for creatures great and small

May 15, 2017

Whilst sheep, cattle, chickens and pigs are the bread and butter of Australia’s livestock production, there are a host of other unique livestock sectors across the country that contribute to the economy and also require good on-farm biosecurity and emergency animal disease preparedness. Animal Health Australia (AHA) has teamed up with Charles Sturt University to […] Read more
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Victorian vet a shining light in good biosecurity practice

May 15, 2017

For Sarah Matthews, a mixed-practice vet working in Warrnambool, biosecurity is an important part of her daily work routine. Her diligent efforts in preventing the spread of diseases is a reminder for producers to check that their own vets are taking biosecurity seriously. A typical day for Sarah may involve visits to a number of […] Read more