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

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

Livestock Biosecurity Network open for business

April 2, 2013

The Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) is an initiative of the Cattle Council of Australia, which has been joined by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia. It will be a network of industry extension officers operating throughout the states and the Northern Territory, with funding coming from the beef-cattle, sheepmeat and wool sectors. After […] Read more
Ron Creagh and sign

Biosecurity message hammered home by UK disaster

March 28, 2013

Western Australian grain grower Ron Creagh says biosecurity makes sense from both a business and a farming perspective, and he incorporates sensible precautions into everyday practices. Ron, with his wife Robyn and son Kim, farms 13,000 hectares in the low-rainfall shires of Trayning and Nungarin in WA’s central wheatbelt. It is a family business that […] Read more