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


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

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

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

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

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