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

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Victorian duck disease incident brings biosecurity to the fore

March 1, 2012

An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm west of Melbourne in January underlines how important effective on-farm biosecurity is in preventing disease in livestock. The outbreak was quickly contained and eradicated through coordinated action by government and industry. Nevertheless several countries have since placed bans on some poultry products from Victoria, […] Read more
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Phosphine-resistant grain insects eliminated

February 13, 2012

The application of commonly recommended management principles has eradicated a strain of grain-storage insects with strong phosphine resistance located on a Western Australian farm. The achievement – involving more than three years of treatment and monitoring followed by a final check of the site – was made by Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) […] Read more

Minimising spray drift

January 27, 2012

Many farmers use a chemical spray to control pests or weeds on their property. Apart from health concerns about exposure to chemicals, one potential issue is the off-target movement (spray drift) of herbicides and pesticides onto nearby plants or susceptible areas. Read more
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Get snapping: Australian Year of the Farmer photo competition

January 9, 2012

Fairfax Media and Elders have launched the official Australian Year of the Farmer photo competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 worth of camera equipment awarded for the winning photo. The competition opened on 1 January 2012, and will run for nine months until 30 September 2012, so there’s plenty of time to get your […] Read more
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Merry Christmas from the Farm Biosecurity team

December 22, 2011

Take our livestock farm biosecurity quiz! Tis the season to be jolly; but why not try a more worthwhile distraction? Test your knowledge of on farm biosecurity practices for livestock properties with our tailor-made quiz. And if in doubt, test your research skills. All the answers can be found on You can take the […] Read more