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

Are you zoonosis-aware?

October 15, 2018

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans. People that live and work around livestock or wildlife are at greater risk of contracting a zoonotic disease, but anyone in close proximity to any animals should make sure they are zoonosis aware. These diseases have the potential to cause serious long-term health […] Read more

Vigilance needed on pig diseases

October 15, 2018

A deadly disease of pigs has animal health officials around the world on high alert, and for good reason. African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread in Europe and Asia, with significant herd health and trade implications for pig farmers in affected countries. The ASF virus has been endemic in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly a […] Read more
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Varroa threat to bees and pollination

October 12, 2018

Any threat to bee health in Australia will have significant economic impacts on tree crop industries which depend on the free pollination services they provide. Australia is currently free of one of the worst pests of bees, the Varroa destructor mite. So when the mite was detected on an incoming ship at the Port of […] Read more
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Do you know the signs of foot and mouth disease?

September 19, 2018

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is known to affect cloven hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, buffalo and camelids. Thankfully Australia is lucky enough not to have this highly contagious disease of livestock. In 2013, The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)[1] estimated the cost of an outbreak of […] Read more
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Survey of grains–livestock producers about biosecurity plans

September 19, 2018

It’s been a while since the introduction of the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) and the addition of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements to the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) in October last year. With on-farm biosecurity for livestock producers being in the spotlight, Farm Biosecurity commissioned some research to look at the progress producers […] Read more