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

Sheep grazing

Woolliest sheep in Australia reminds producers not to get fleeced with fencing

September 4, 2015

The recent discovery of a stray sheep, near Mulligan’s Flat in the ACT, with an estimated five years’ growth of wool, weighing a record breaking 40.45 kg, is timely reminder that good fencing is vital to successful livestock production. Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager, Biosecurity, Duncan Rowland, said whilst the sheep has garnered world-wide fame and […] Read more
Producers should be alert to weeds like Paterson's Curse (Echium plantagineum) which will start to emerge in the coming weeks.

Don’t let diseases, pests and weeds spring to life on your property

September 4, 2015

Spring has arrived and with it comes warmer and longer days which means the traditional pests, diseases and weeds, which have been hibernating over the cooler months, are now ready to spring into action. Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager Biosecurity, Duncan Rowland, said producers should be looking at ways to integrate biosecurity into their spring […] Read more
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