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

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Just in time for summer holiday travel

December 16, 2016

In addition to the restrictions on what can be brought into Australia from overseas, there are also rules about what can be moved around Australia. This is to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases from one area of the country to another. To help people comply with the rules, and just in time […] Read more
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Karnal bunt scenario tests surveillance

December 16, 2016

During the past year, a number of activities have been undertaken as part of Exercise Haryana to test the grains industry’s readiness to respond to an incursion of the exotic fungal pathogen Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica) – one of Australia’s highest-alert plant diseases. These activities included field tests using simulated incursions in regional areas in […] Read more
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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