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

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
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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
Bees on avocado flowers

Bee Aware how to boost crop yields with honey bee pollination

July 30, 2014

Bee Aware is a recently launched website that is a comprehensive resource with a dual purpose. According to Rod Turner, Plant Health Australia’s Risk Management Manager, the new site helps beekeepers to keep hives healthy and tells producers about the yield benefits that pollination of crops by honey bees can bring. Some, but not all, […] Read more
Strict new measures for Equestrian Australia (EA) certified events have been introduced under a new policy released by EA on Tuesday 1 July 2014.

EA not horsing around with Hendra

July 4, 2014

Strict new measures for Equestrian Australia (EA) certified events have been introduced under a new policy released by EA on Tuesday 1 July. The policy will require EA event organisers to complete a questionnaire during the event planning stages. The questionnaire will determine if the event requires classification as a ‘Hendra vaccinated event’. Hendra classified […] Read more
Vets a trusted source for producers

Vets a trusted source for producers

July 4, 2014

A recent survey of producers confirmed that veterinarians across the country play an active role in advising livestock producers about on-farm biosecurity and general farm management issues. The reminder for vets of their advisory role comes from data collected in the 2013 Farm Biosecurity producer survey which uncovered some interesting results about how producers get […] Read more