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

Michael and Lisa Lankester

Queensland banana growers finalists in biosecurity award

September 3, 2014

The owners of two businesses that grow bananas in north Queensland are finalists in the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award. Sponsored by Plant Health Australia, the award recognises the efforts of producers dedicated to keeping their operations free of diseases, pests and weeds. The greatest immediate disease threat to banana growers in […] Read more
Lindsay Bourke and honey

Biosecurity plan an investment for award finalist

September 3, 2014

According to Lindsay Bourke, finalist in the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, a biosecurity plan is an investment in the future of a business and the community. The beekeeper manages 3,600 hives for honey production and the pollination of over 80 crops. The main product of his company Australian Honey Products is […] Read more

Have you spotted anything unusual?

August 1, 2014

  Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) revamped Spotted Anything Unusual? campaign has been launched to remind producers to be on the lookout for symptoms of unusual or exotic livestock diseases that have the potential to devastate Australia’s livestock industry and impact human health. Distribution of Spotted Anything Unusual? fridge magnets will kick off the campaign, with […] Read more
Angus cattle

Tips for buying from a closed herd

August 1, 2014

Buying from a closed herd or flock is an excellent biosecurity practice that can greatly reduce the risk of introducing unwanted pests or diseases. However, there are important checks to undertake when purchasing from a closed flock or herd and producers are being reminded to be vigilant, do their homework and measure the risks. Animal […] Read more
Anthony Brandsema-2

Untreated irrigation water: A clear biosecurity risk

July 30, 2014

Following a water-borne fungal outbreak in their north Tasmania glasshouse, brothers Anthony and Marcus Brandsema set about fine-tuning their irrigation system to minimise the risk of water-borne diseases, safe-guarding their income in the process. More than 17 species of Phytophthora, 26 species of Pythium, 27 types of fungi, eight species of bacteria, 10 viruses, and […] Read more