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

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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
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New plan doesn’t kid around with CAE and JD

June 2, 2014

Two slow acting, insidious and incurable diseases afflict goats: caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) and Johne’s disease (JD). However, the National Kid Rearing Plan offers Australian goat producers actions that provide an alternative to watching animals suffer and counting the cost in lost production and spreading infection. Goat producers can minimise the risk of infection by […] Read more
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OJD shock drives biosecurity improvements at Bordertown

May 27, 2014

A surprise positive for ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) jolted Bordertown farmer and 2013 Animal Biosecurity Farmer of the Year finalist Richard Halliday to reassess every aspect of his farm management and implement major changes to his biosecurity system. A routine pooled faecal culture (PFC) test conducted in July 2012 came back with the out-of-the-blue result, […] Read more
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Biosecurity survey results are in!

May 5, 2014

The level of understanding of biosecurity amongst Australian producers has increased, with more producers controlling weeds and monitoring their crops and livestock for signs of pests and diseases. These findings are just some of the many interesting results from the 2013 Farm Biosecurity producer survey. The survey conducted interviews with 1,273 Australian crop and livestock […] Read more
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Back to farm basics for small-area farmers

May 5, 2014

The Small Farms Network field day, held last month, was a chance to ask some simple but important questions and get a refresh on basic farm management for 44 small-area farmers. Held near the southern NSW town of Gunning, the field day also provided an opportunity for Animal Health Australia (AHA) staff to discuss good […] Read more