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

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Stopping the spread in the Northern Territory

July 15, 2011

The geographic location of the Northern Territory places it firmly in the frontline of Australian biosecurity. With an area the size of France, Spain and Italy combined to protect, engaging the community in helping to watch out for the entry of exotic diseases, pests or weeds, and the spread of some existing ones – is essential Read more
Winner Michael Blake

On a winner

July 14, 2011

Champion wool grower shows better biosecurity equals higher profit The winner of last year’s inaugural Biosecurity Farmer of the Year and Wool Producer of the Year awards, Michael Blake, puts the success of his business largely down to best practice biosecurity measures. And he is urging fellow farmers to get recognised for their efforts. Read more
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Hendra strikes again – handy hints for horse owners

July 4, 2011

In a recent article, Farm Biosecurity News reported on progress towards a horse vaccine for the Hendra virus and a range of biosecurity measures that help minimise the risk of horses becoming exposed to the deadly disease. With three Hendra outbreaks now confirmed in the Gold Coast hinterland and northern NSW, and the so-called ‘Hendra season’ about to begin, horse owners are urged to be particularly vigilant. Read more

On-farm biosecurity information for mango growers

June 17, 2011

Mango growers now have a best practice biosecurity guide to reduce the risk of new pests damaging their orchards with the release of the Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Mango Industry. The manual is written for producers, with plain and practical advice that can be applied on the farm. Read more
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Horses versus mosquitoes and bats

June 3, 2011

Australian horse owners are facing a ‘mystery’ neurological virus affecting animals from Western Australia to Queensland. From the outset suspected to be a mosquito-borne arbovirus, laboratory testing has revealed the cause as a combination of three diseases: Kunjin virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis and Ross River virus, with the first of these responsible for most cases. An estimated 246 cases have been reported this year, of which 22 horses have died. Read more