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

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No holiday for diseases, pests and weeds

December 16, 2016

One of the best ways to enjoy a stress-free Christmas break is to ensure that there’s someone taking care of biosecurity while you are off relaxing. Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager of Biosecurity and Product Integrity Services, is reminding producers to reinforce the importance of on-farm biosecurity practices to their chosen farm caretakers. […] Read more
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On-farm biosecurity – there’s an app for that

November 30, 2016

It might not be as entertaining or addictive as some apps, but the new FarmBiosecurity smartphone app will help take your biosecurity planning to the next level. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the FarmBiosecurity app is a free tool that allows livestock and crop producers to create their own personalised biosecurity plan. Alison […] Read more
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Make sure hitch hikers don’t arrive with backpacker labour

November 11, 2016

At this time of year, many fruit or veg producers will have casual labourers, often backpackers, on their property to help with harvesting activities. If care is not taken, labourers can spread diseases, pests and weed seeds on their clothing, equipment and vehicles as they move from farm-to-farm and region-to-region. But armed with the necessary […] Read more
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Top 40 priority pests named and shamed

November 11, 2016

Australia’s top 40 least wanted plant pests and diseases have recently been named. The list came from a comparison of the possible ways that pests can enter Australia, the likelihood of them entering, their ability to become established and spread, and the consequences for businesses, human health and the environment if they do. The broadacre […] Read more
EAD hotline

1800 675 888. Don’t forget it!

November 11, 2016

Just because you suspect you might have an emergency animal disease present in your livestock doesn’t necessarily mean you have one, but calling the emergency animal disease (EAD) watch hotline on 1800 675 888 should be the first thing you do if you have even the slightest suspicion. Early intervention is vital in an EAD […] Read more