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

Peter Misfud

Clean vehicles a must for weed biosecurity

March 4, 2016

The latest casualties in the war on weeds at Peter Mifsud’s property north of Clermont, in Central Queensland, are the contractors who once helped to harvest the crops on his 3900-hectare property. “About two years ago we decided to stop using contract harvesters; the risk is just not worth it,” says Peter, who has strict […] Read more
Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers

New version of Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers

March 4, 2016

Australia’s honey bees are some of the healthiest in the world, free from many pests and diseases found elsewhere. To help keep it that way, the manual that provides biosecurity advice to beekeepers has been updated and is now available. Over recent years the number of people taking up beekeeping has increased markedly in both […] Read more

Never fear, the building blocks of biosecurity are here

February 5, 2016

You couldn’t operate a farm without agricultural knowledge or build a fence without the right tools, so how could you implement biosecurity practices on your property without a basic understanding of what it involves? Fortunately, help is just a click away, with the Farm Biosecurity website providing farmers and industry stakeholders with access to a […] Read more

Oyster disease outbreak a reminder about managing EADs

February 5, 2016

A state-wide livestock standstill is currently in place for spat (juvenile) oysters in Tasmania following an outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in Pitt Water, Tasmania. On 28 January 2016, a grower reported increasing mortality rates in oysters at one of his leases to Biosecurity Tasmania. The POMS virus was confirmed by laboratory tests […] Read more
Tractor spraying

Avoiding the effects of spray drift

February 5, 2016

Whenever crops are sprayed to control pests or weeds there’s a risk that the spray may affect crops other than the target. It’s recently been estimated that 20 per cent of the cotton crop in NSW and Queensland last year suffered from sprays intended for other crops. The reason why so much off-target damage occurred […] Read more