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

Hands in compost

Tips about compost use on-farm

July 3, 2014

Many farmers use compost and manure for various soil structure and fertility benefits. But for both crop and livestock enterprises compost use is a potential pathway for the spread of diseases, pests and weeds. Farmers graze animals and grow crops after spreading compost and/or manure from other farms and various other sources (for example plant, […] Read more
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Biosecurity basics: Utility service contractors

July 3, 2014

Preventing the arrival and establishment of new diseases, pests and weeds is just as important as controlling those already present on a property. People moving between farms and regions can unintentionally spread pests on vehicles, equipment, boots and clothing. The most obvious risks are disease causing pathogens carried in soil and plant material. A recent […] Read more
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Grain producers aware and alert to biosecurity on-farm

June 4, 2014

Results of a major producer survey reveal that Australia’s crop and livestock producers have a growing awareness of their role in preventing or controlling diseases, pests and weeds. More than 1200 plant, grain and livestock farmers participated in the survey commissioned by Farm Biosecurity, giving a comprehensive picture of Australian producers’ attitudes and biosecurity practices. […] Read more

National Fruit Fly Strategy gets wings

June 4, 2014

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has received funds to establish an Advisory Committee to coordinate the implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy (NFFS), allowing a national approach to managing this troublesome group of insects to go ahead.   The Advisory Committee has been funded for 18 months to review and put into effect the NFFS Implementation […] Read more
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Chemicals are a biosecurity risk too

June 3, 2014

The same chemicals used to control diseases, pests and weeds on your property can also pose a biosecurity threat if not used correctly. All producers should be fully informed about the chemicals they use for their livestock and crops, how to use those chemicals and what use or withholding restrictions should be adhered to. One […] Read more