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

Beth Bagley

Biosecurity – it’s time for everyone to act!

July 8, 2016

A new approach to managing biosecurity is underway with new biosecurity acts for NSW and Queensland, placing greater responsibility on producers and reducing government regulation. Queensland implemented its Biosecurity Act 2014 on 1 July, and NSW is expected to officially implement its new legislation next year. Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Alison Crook explained what the […] Read more
Angus cattle

New approach to Johne’s disease in cattle has begun

July 8, 2016

The new, national approach to Johne’s disease (JD) officially commenced on 1 July and all Australian cattle producers are encouraged to become familiar with the changes. The new approach, endorsed by the cattle industry and Australian governments, is guided by the BJD Framework and focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risks rather than controlling disease through […] Read more
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Pest identification in Grassroots Agronomy classes

July 8, 2016

Women with little or no agricultural background who move into farm businesses often bring welcome new skills, but consultant Louise Flohr says many are keen to be more involved with their farming systems. For the past three years, Ms Flohr, from Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, has been running workshops in South Australia to develop newcomers’ knowledge […] Read more
Xylella on grapevine

Which exotic plant pest is the greatest risk to Australian producers?

July 8, 2016

In a recent audit of around 300 exotic plant pests affecting growers overseas, the pest that came out on top with the greatest potential impact if it made it to Australia was Xylella fastidiosa (pronounced Zy-lella). That’s partly because over 200 commercial and ornamental plants are known to be susceptible to infection by Xylella, and every […] Read more
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Don’t just be a bee owner: be a bee keeper

June 9, 2016

Alan Wade was the first President of the Beekeeper’s Association of the ACT. He helped establish the club about 40 years ago, but the number of members has grown enormously in the last few years, because it’s become fashionable to keep bees. Alan says that honey bee biosecurity is all about bee condition. “You need […] Read more