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

Citrus gall wasp symptoms

The first ever Biosecurity Blitz

November 9, 2015

In September 2015, the Grains e-Surveillance Team from the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) carried out the first ever Biosecurity Blitz. Western Australians were invited to use one of the department’s reporting tools to send a report of a pest insect, weed, disease or animal. The free tools included the MyPestGuide Suite, MyCrop […] Read more
Sampling hives for viruses

Healthy bee population proves good for exports

November 9, 2015

Australia’s first national survey of honey bee viruses has found we have one of the healthiest honey bee (Apis mellifera) populations in the world – a key step in re-establishing and maintaining export markets for breeding stock. The last survey was conducted almost 30 years ago and only in eastern Australia. The significant gaps in […] Read more

Livestock farmers wanted

October 19, 2015

Monash University is seeking farmers who are interested in participating in a focus group to discuss their experience with animal disease monitoring and reporting. The focus groups will involve discussions in small groups that will take approximately 1 hour. The university is interested in your experiences with diseases in your livestock, including how you manage and make […] Read more
Joy Paech at the gate

Keeping track of visitors to the farm

October 2, 2015

Preventing the arrival and establishment of new diseases, pests and weeds is just as important as controlling those already present on a property. People moving between farms and regions can unintentionally spread pests on vehicles, equipment, boots and clothing. The most obvious risks are diseases carried in soil and plant material. Some producers will have […] Read more
Dr Patrick Kluver LBN

Practical biosecurity for sheep producers

October 2, 2015

The Livestock Biosecurity Network’s Dr Patrick Kluver discusses biosecurity planning around the farm gate By far the greatest risk for disease introduction on-farm is the purchase of livestock. Buying sheep especially carries the risk of introducing conditions that may cause ongoing production losses and incur significant eradication costs. A good biosecurity strategy will go a […] Read more