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

Wingless adult Russian wheat aphid adult, showing lack of siphuncles ('exhaust pipes') and the presence of a 'double tail' end (cauda). Photo: Frank Peairs, Colorado State University,

Managing Russian wheat aphid

June 9, 2016

Following the decision that the newly arrived pest Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) is not eradicable, growers are advised to seek advice from their department of agriculture or the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) about how to manage the pest in cereal crops. The decision was made by the National Management Group on Russian […] Read more
Donna Goats at Binalong

Goat producers show how easy biosecurity can be

June 8, 2016

For John Schooneveldt and his partner Donna Reid (pictured seated, left), biosecurity is woven into everyday life at their goat property outside Binalong, in southern NSW. The couple have raised cashmere goats on their 107-acre property for the past 20 years and over this time have integrated biosecurity practices with their daily operations in order […] Read more
Angus cattle

CattleMAP testing suspended

June 8, 2016

Animal Health Australia (AHA) has now commenced the evaluation of the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program for Cattle (CattleMAP) – a key step in the implementation of the recently released BJD Framework. During this evaluation period it has been agreed that the testing requirement for CattleMAP will be suspended until 1 November 2016. “The […] Read more
inspecting a cow

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with diseases, pests and weeds

May 6, 2016

Two of the simplest, cheapest and most effective biosecurity actions you can take are monitoring and keeping a record of the health of your crops and livestock. What’s even better is that with the right planning, stock and crop monitoring can be integrated into those everyday farm jobs like vaccinating, spraying for weeds or insect […] Read more
Angus cattle

New approach to managing BJD continues to make progress

May 6, 2016

The Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) Framework document, released in March 2016 to set a new path for managing BJD, has now moved into the implementation phase and cattle producers are encouraged to get familiar with the impending changes. The Framework offers a fresh approach to the management of the endemic disease and prioritises on-farm biosecurity […] Read more