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

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Why is biosecurity still a dirty word?

August 5, 2011

'Prevention is better than cure’ has long been the mantra of the medical profession and most people would agree with the basic principle. It is generally accepted that it is more economical to prevent disease than to treat it long term and it is certainly less traumatic, indeed multiple studies have investigated and supported this. Why then does the word ‘biosecurity’ cause such consternation in the agricultural sector? Read more

Summerfruit ‘bible’ protects sweet things

August 4, 2011

Growers of summerfruit will benefit from the release of two new documents developed by Plant Health Australia (PHA) andSummerfruit manual cover Summerfruit Australia Ltd (SAL), which focus on biosecurity for protection of the industry. Read more
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No time for complacency as rust epidemic threatens

July 27, 2011

Now that most of the winter crop has been planted, it is important to start a regular monitoring program for pests, weeds and diseases. Read more

Biosecurity defense mechanisms

July 21, 2011

Identification and availability of chemicals is an important part of responding to a pest incursion in the grains industry. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) evaluates the potential effects of agricultural chemicals on both the crop and the pest before it can be used by growers. Read more
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Australia protects itself

July 19, 2011

Pre-agreed emergency animal disease response plans ensure readiness Australia is truly fortunate to be free from many harmful animal diseases and works hard to preserve this status. Separate incidents of Hendra virus in Queensland and New South Wales have provided a timely reminder that maintaining response readiness is a full time and necessary priority.  To protect […] Read more