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


Tips for travellers returning from overseas

March 3, 2014

When returning to Australia after travelling overseas or when welcoming overseas visitors, good hygiene is essential to minimise the risk of introducing an exotic pest or disease. Australia is fortunate to be free of many pests that hamper production in other countries around the world. If you, or a visitor, travel to rural properties or […] Read more
windmill in dry paddock

Be alert for anthrax

February 10, 2014

Hot and dry conditions affecting most of the country so far this summer has prompted a warning from Animal Health Australia Biosecurity Officer, Dr Rob Barwell for livestock producers to be on the lookout for signs of anthrax. Anthrax is an acute infectious bacterial disease that can affect a wide range of domestic and wild animals, […] Read more
Shorn sheep

Incentive doubled for sheep brain tests

February 7, 2014

Keeping a close eye on your sheep flocks for any sign of the disease scrapie is not only good on-farm biosecurity practice, but could earn you money at the same time. Thanks to funding from WoolProducers Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, the incentive payment for producers submitting sheep brains for scrapie testing has […] Read more
Cocoa pod borer damage

Chocoholics celebrate eradication of pest

February 7, 2014

For more than a decade producers have successfully been growing cocoa trees in Far North Queensland and in 2011 the first chocolate made from commercially-grown Australian cocoa hit the market. 2011 was also a notable year for the cocoa pod growers of Far North Queensland as this was the year the exotic plant pest cocoa […] Read more

Control of fruit fly using sterile male insects

February 6, 2014

Fruit flies are the world’s most common fruit pest. They appear on almost every continent and millions of dollars are spent annually on their control and eradication. The damage they cause is widespread due to the extensive variety of fruit and vegetables on which they will lay their eggs – including  citrus, pome, stonefruit, tropical […] Read more