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

Sheep

Communication the key to tackling sheep disease

December 3, 2013

Wet seasonal conditions in northern Tasmania are creating the perfect environment for a footrot outbreak, but producers are staying one step ahead through a carcase feedback system at their local abattoir that focuses on animal health attributes. Tasmania Quality Meats (TQM) in Cressy, Tasmania has been working with farmers in the area to improve on-farm […] Read more
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Help at hand for citrus growers

December 3, 2013

Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Citrus Australia have recently appointed a dedicated biosecurity manager. Stuart Pettigrew, who has worked for over 20 years in the horticulture and agriculture sectors, will coordinate and drive the implementation of the citrus biosecurity program and provide a central contact point for biosecurity related issues. Judith Damiani, CEO of Citrus […] Read more
Biosecurity Manual for Viticulture

New biosecurity manual for viticulturalists

December 3, 2013

The three plant industries that have an interest in growing grapes – Dried Fruits Australia, Australian Vignerons and the Australian Table Grape Association –now have a biosecurity manual to help producers manage biosecurity risks on their properties. Viticulture is Australia’s largest horticultural industry with a combined value estimated at nearly a billion dollars. That doesn’t […] Read more
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What is integrated pest management?

November 1, 2013

Integrated pest management (IPM) combines the use of biological, cultural and chemical practices to control insect pests in agricultural production. It seeks to use natural predators or parasites to control pests, using selective pesticides for backup only when pests are unable to be controlled by natural means. IPM should not be confused with organic practices. […] Read more
Rosebush in vineyard

Biosecurity for wineries and U-pick orchards

November 1, 2013

During spring and summer many wineries and fruit producers encourage customers to visit their properties to have a picnic or pick their own fruit. But any visitors to a property can unintentionally bring pests, diseases and weed seeds with them. There are a number of simple things you can do to address the biosecurity concerns […] Read more