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

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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
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Fruit fly exclusion zone: ‘No fruit, no veg, no fine’

December 20, 2011

Before you head off on your holiday road trip this year, make sure that you are not carrying any unwanted hitchhikers. Two species of fruit fly that are established in parts of Australia – the Queensland fruit fly and the Mediterranean fruit fly – spread most easily by hitching a ride with people taking road […] Read more
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Composting and Mad Cow Disease

December 16, 2011

If you make compost or use it on pasture, you have an important role in helping prevent Mad Cow Disease (BSE). Composting is a good thing to do, for a number of reasons. However, there is a potentially significant legal issue that people who make compost and those who use it should be aware of. Read more
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Survey reveals grains industry at risk

December 5, 2011

A recent survey of Victorian grain growers revealed that producers are leaving the industry open to plant pest incursions. The online survey, carried out by Plant Health Australia (PHA) and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, gave insight into the industry’s current biosecurity practices and awareness. Read more