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

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
Shorn sheep

Stock feed retailers a vital line of defence against mad cow disease

July 3, 2015

Stock feed retailers are critical in helping defend Australia from diseases like mad cow disease and scrapie in sheep, which are spread by feeding contaminated feed products to livestock, resulting in threats to the viability of our livestock export markets. Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) Biosecurity Officer, Dr Rob Barwell, reminded stock feed suppliers across the […] Read more
Two pigs

Oink! New site for pig owners

July 3, 2015

Did you know that a healthy pig should have a heart rate of 55–86 beats a minute, has a body temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius and takes approximately 18 breaths a minute? These helpful pig health facts are just a small selection taken from the wealth of information now available at the Western Australia Department […] Read more
Gate to the paddock

The value of Australia’s biosecurity system to producers

July 2, 2015

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released the report The value of Australia’s biosecurity system at the farm gate: an analysis of avoided trade and on-farm impacts. Australia’s biosecurity system protects farms from a large number of pests, weeds and diseases, but the importance of biosecurity to farms can […] Read more
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Vegetable leaf miner in the Cape York Peninsula

July 2, 2015

The vegetable leaf miner (Liriomyza sativae) is continuing its march across the globe and was recently detected on mainland Australia for the first time, having been island hopping across Torres Strait since about 2008. On the march Vegetable leafminer was first detected by biosecurity officers working for the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy as part of […] Read more