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

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
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Pollination agreements avoid getting stung

September 2, 2016

It’s an annual spring event as beekeepers move hives from one area of the country to another following the flower blossoms of nut, fruit and vegetable plants that need pollination by bees to produce a crop. The season starts with almonds, usually in August, which are almost entirely dependent on bees for pollination and seed […] Read more
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Spotted anything unusual? Call the hotline

September 2, 2016

If you ever noticed signs of a new pest or disease on your plants would you know what to do about it? If the answer is no, please save the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline number 1800 084 881 on your phone now, so you have it at hand in case you ever need it. The […] Read more
Merino lambs grazing on green pasture

Wool you help us out?

September 2, 2016

Sheep producers are being encouraged to help the national Sheep Health Project (SHP) address the impacts of endemic health conditions by filling out a short online survey. Coordinated by Animal Health Australia (AHA) on behalf of sheep industry peak bodies, the SHP aims to reduce the production and financial consequences of endemic diseases and other […] Read more