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

Lindsay Burke with full comb

Award finalist breeds bees keen on housekeeping

September 3, 2015

Beekeeper Lindsay Bourke, who owns and runs Australian Honey Products, has bred bees that clean out their brood nest at the whiff of a pest or disease. Lindsay is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia. He manages 3,600 hives for honey production and the pollination […] Read more
Michael Quach finalist

Finalist cool as a cucumber in the face of virus threat

September 3, 2015

Michael Quach from Lake Bennett Hydroponic Cucumbers at Noonamah, Northern Territory, is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia. When threatened by a cucumber virus that could affect his crop, he ramped up on-farm biosecurity measures to protect his livelihood from the disease. Cucumber green mottled […] Read more
Plantation timber manual

Timberrr! Look out for the new forestry biosecurity manual

August 5, 2015

A new biosecurity manual for producers of plantation timber has been released, highlighting simple plantation biosecurity practices that will help you to keep your property or plantation free from new pests and diseases. Alison Saunders, Manager for Biosecurity Planning and Implementation at Plant Health Australia, says that although the manual is designed to be used […] Read more
Rod Hoare checking fence

A tailor-made biosecurity plan every day

August 5, 2015

Biosecurity is only one of many things that a farmer may think about from day-to-day, week-to-week, or year-to-year. That’s why it’s important to integrate biosecurity into your whole-farm planning. Former veterinarian Rod Hoare and his partner Helena Warren run Cadfor Equestrian and Murray Greys near Crookwell in NSW. They have a whole-of-farm management plan so […] Read more
Matt McMahon monitoring traps

Monitoring is key to area wide management of pests

August 4, 2015

One of the most effective ways of managing an established pest in a crop is to work with other producers in your region to establish an area wide management plan. Matt McMahon is Field Services Manager for the Batlow Fruit Cooperative. He monitors the number of codling moths and fruit flies for growers in the […] Read more