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

Sitting cow

New diseases threaten Australian cattle

June 3, 2011

Cattle veterinarian Dr Rob Bonanno told the Australian Veterinary Association’s Annual Conference that these four new diseases are: a fatal cattle liver disease thought to be caused by an annual grass and a plant fungus; lameness caused by hairy heel warts, haemorrhagic bowel syndrome and the growing issue of zinc toxicity. Read more
Young sheep

OJD creeps up on WA

June 3, 2011

On the 1st of January this year the entire state of Western Australia moved from being a Low Prevalence Area for ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) to a Medium Prevalence Area. This worsening of WA’s ranking prevents the state’s farmers from bringing sheep into South Australia. The good news is that is there is a range of proven biosecurity measures they can undertake take to improve the OJD health status of their flocks. Read more
Oodnadatta Farms

Farm response evolves with pests and seasons

June 3, 2011

As pest and disease threats evolve, so too do the biosecurity measures Hugh Ball implements as part of his farm contracting business at Oodnadatta Farms at Moree, in northern NSW, encompassing 18,000 hectares. “Biosecurity is a continuing process that needs to be regularly updated and improved,” Hugh says. “The threats, particularly the endemic ones, keep changing, depending on the weather, seasonal conditions and farm practice Read more
Cattle and water

Keep cool with eagle eye on animals

June 3, 2011

The exceptionally wet summer affecting the entire eastern half of Australia means that many farmers are going into this winter with fuller than usual water storages, raised groundwater water levels and increased soil moisture. A traditionally wet winter could bring a greater than usual level of biosecurity risk to producers across southern Australia Read more
Moving horse

Horses trot into EADRA

June 2, 2011

In March, a formal ceremony marked the horse-owning community becoming signatories to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) at Parliament House. Read more