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

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Protection against Australian bat lyssavirus

May 24, 2013

Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined a property in the Southern Downs area after a horse tested positive to Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV). Australia is the only country where this form of lyssavirus has been reported and it is considered to be present in all populations of Australian bats; however this is the first known case of […] Read more
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Farm Biosecurity website – personalise it!

May 1, 2013

A unique feature of the new Farm Biosecurity website is the personal profile builder. Farm Biosecurity program technical adviser, Duncan Rowland, says that the large proportion of mixed and multi-sector producers is the key reason why the program became an initiative run jointly by Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia. “The website already provides dedicated […] Read more
Wild dog at night

Wild dog biosecurity

May 1, 2013

Wild dogs have become an increasingly significant livestock biosecurity and welfare issue in recent years. Dog packs preying on vulnerable lambs and calves in particular are now threatening the viability of the sheep industry in some regions of Australia. The problem has become so large that WoolProducers Australia has brought together critical industry stakeholders* to […] Read more
Patersons curse

Weed control

May 1, 2013

Weed control is a year round requirement for successful and profitable livestock, crop, forestry or pasture production. If control measures are not undertaken early, weeds have the potential to become a major problem on your property. Weeds can lower crop yields and pasture quality by competing for soil moisture, nutrients, space and light; they can […] Read more
Varroa destructor on honey bee

An incursion waiting to happen

May 1, 2013

Australia’s wild European honey bees currently provide free pollination to a large number of crops. But this free service could soon come to an end. Australia is the only country in the world with a significant beekeeping industry yet to be affected by the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor), a devastating parasitic mite of European honey […] Read more