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

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Seeking grain stores as sentinels for pests and diseases

December 4, 2015

Victorian Grains Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, is lifting surveillance in the grains industry to the next level by starting a Sentinel Silo program. Australia already has sentinel bee hives, chicken flocks and other sentinel plant and animal surveillance programs, and Jim wants to recruit the owners of grain stores that can act as sentinels for […] Read more
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Goat producers: get the facts on CAE

November 13, 2015

Goat production is a fast growing and, in many cases, a highly lucrative industry within the Australian livestock sector. But without adequate endemic disease prevention, control and, where feasible, eradication, this thriving industry could be jeopardised. One disease in particular, caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), having no cure or treatment, is on the rise. This is […] Read more
The video provides a practical overview of measures you can use every day to improve biosecurity on-farm by planning, training and keeping records.

New video reminds us to train, plan and record

November 13, 2015

So you’ve set up the foot bath, you’ve placed a sign on the gate and stocked up with the pesticides and drenches you need to use this summer. Who else is helping you do all this? What’s your plan of attack? And, are you recording the biosecurity actions you are implementing? This month, the Farm […] Read more
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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
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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