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

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
Qfly

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
Two pigs

Avoiding swill saves Australia’s bacon

February 6, 2014

Pig producers, together with restaurants and food outlets that provide food waste for pig consumption, are being reminded that swill feeding is illegal throughout Australia. Anyone caught feeding swill to pigs could face significant fines under state legislation. The stern reminder follows a recent Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries survey of regional Victorian […] Read more
Biosecurity planning is important for agricultural shows.

Are you planning a show or exhibition next year?

December 4, 2013

With 2014 just around the corner, preparations for agricultural shows and exhibitions will be well under away. Farm Biosecurity is encouraging show organisers to ensure that they are compliant with the Australian Johne’s disease Market Assurance Program (MAP) by downloading a Show, Sale & Exhibition Certificate of Compliance. There is a specific Certificate of Compliance […] Read more