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

Rum Jungle Organics

Rum Jungle biosecurity shining light to follow

April 19, 2018

Last month, we announced the winners of Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award, which are part of the Australian Biosecurity Awards. In the next two issues of Farm Biosecurity News, we will be profiling the winners and filling in some of the details. The first profile is of Alan Petersen and Julie-Ann Murphy from […] Read more
Dairy calf

Mycoplasma bovis – look after your herd and your back pocket

April 18, 2018

You may be aware of the current outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis and the eradication effort that is underway in New Zealand. M. bovis is present in Australia, so you may wonder why the response in New Zealand is so different to that in Australia, and whether there is anything you should be doing to protect […] Read more

The why, when and how of Animal Health Declarations

April 18, 2018

A big part of any on-farm biosecurity plan is managing the introduction of new livestock to the property. As with all farm inputs, new animals can bring in weed seeds, insect pests, disease agents and other parasites, any of which can have a big impact on your property. You can manage these risks in a […] Read more
Mixed grains

Warning on uncertified seed

March 20, 2018

While it might be tempting to trade seed ‘over the fence’ for sowing, the biosecurity risks associated with using uncertified seed should be considered carefully. Dr Sharyn Taylor, coordinator of the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program run by Plant Health Australia, says sowing uncertified seed poses an unknown level of risk to production. “In addition to […] Read more
Two pigs

Going the whole hog on reporting stock movements

March 19, 2018

Traceability is an important part of the national animal health system. Identifying livestock and recording their movements allows us to track where an animal has come from, who or what has come into contact with that animal and where it has gone. For nearly a decade, cattle, sheep and goat producers have been required to […] Read more