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

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Declare or else it’s buyer beware

November 11, 2016

You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing what condition it was in, so why would you risk purchasing cattle or goats without knowing their health status? Especially now that it’s easier than ever for prospective buyers to find out the health information of cattle and goats offered for sale, with the National Cattle Health Declaration […] Read more
Angus cattle

CattleMAP: the next steps in the new approach to JD in cattle

October 17, 2016

As of 1 November 2016, the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program for Cattle (CattleMAP) will transition to alternative industry assurance systems. This outcome follows a review of CattleMAP, undertaken by Herd Health P/L on behalf of the Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) Steering Committee. The new arrangements for CattleMAP participants is another step in the […] Read more
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Perfect match

October 17, 2016

Following a three-year pilot period, the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) has become a permanent subsidiary of Animal Health Australia (AHA), helping ensure the partnership between Farm Biosecurity and the LBN continues to grow. The LBN plays a vital role undertaking on-farm biosecurity education and extension activities in partnership with private and public organisations across Australia, […] Read more
Grain silos

Excellent hygiene before, during and after grain harvest

October 12, 2016

Despite recent heavy rain damaging or even destroying some crops, the 2016 grain harvest is approaching fast and thoughts should turn to preparing for harvest to maximise yield and financial return. Jim Moran, Grains Biosecurity Officer in Victoria, says that now is the time to perform critical hygiene maintenance on harvesting machinery and grain storage […] Read more
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Bee biosecurity code of practice

October 12, 2016

The secret to being a good beekeeper Currently Australia is free of many serious honey bee pests that damage the health of European honey bees overseas. According to Alison Saunders, National Manager for Horticultural Cropping at Plant Health Australia, exotic pests such as varroa, tropilaelaps or tracheal mites are a constant threat. “As bad as […] Read more