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

Peter Dowling

Look before you leap when moving cattle

March 10, 2017

Stock and station agent, Peter Dowling, from Cloncurry in Queensland thought he had all the right checks and balances. In 2014, Peter purchased and transported a herd of stud bulls from Queensland and commercial cows from the Northern Territory to Western Australia on behalf of a client. However, upon arrival at the border to Western […] Read more
Ron Cullen, NFF taskforce

Doing the important not the urgent: Biosecurity on farm

March 7, 2017

Biosecurity underpins Australian agriculture, but people are so busy running their farms they don’t think about it – so says National Farmers’ Federation’s biosecurity taskforce chairman Ron Cullen. Ron is an advocate for change in the way farmers think about biosecurity. “People are a bit sceptical about taking the extra step and putting up a sign […] Read more
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Alert: New plant pest found in Perth

March 7, 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Food in WA has started surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, looking for signs of a new vegetable pest. Department Acting Chief Plant Protection Officer Sonya Broughton said officers were working with the horticulture industry to respond to the exotic plant pest, tomato potato psyllid […] Read more
Spottedanything

Spots that were unusual

February 15, 2017

Have you spotted anything unusual on your property? Well, prawn farmers on the Logan River in Queensland have literally been spotting unusual spots – aptly identified as white spot disease. There is now a concerted effort underway to detect further cases, enforce movement controls in the Logan River area and hopefully eradicate the disease. This […] Read more
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