Secure your farm: manage the biosecurity risks posed by researchers and their vehicles entering your property.
Research sites and field work are a fundamental part of agricultural research: after all, they turn ideas into new farming practices.
However, researchers should be made aware of the farm biosecurity risks associated with conducting field research and demonstrations, and the measures that you would like them to use to minimise those risks.
Two of the main risks of not asking researchers to implement biosecurity measures are:
introducing an unwanted plant pest to the field site
spreading pests to other research sites and properties.
Managing these risks by ensuring compliance to good biosecurity practice is simple will safeguard everyone involved in conducting and hosting field research.
Top 5 field research biosecurity tips
1. Have a detailed ‘contractual agreement’ with the researchers
Make sure the agreement includes:
the practices that will be used to safeguard the property
any declared pests, quarantined areas or other things on the property that should be avoided or might need extra vigilance
notifying you or the farm manager as they enter and leave the site
a designated parking area for researchers’ vehicles
asking researchers to use the farm’s vehicles or to wash vehicles as they enter and leave the site
a farm map with designated roadways to the trial site.
2. Employ a ‘keep it clean’ policy for on-farm research
Apply this to vehicles, machinery, footwear, clothing, equipment and tools
Have farm wash down facilities available and ask that vehicles and equipment are clean before entering and when moving to the next property
Ensure policies and state quarantine regulations are followed to deal with analysis and disposal of plant matter or soil (particularly if moving material between states).
3. Make sure that every researcher complies with your requests
Research staff are more likely to understand the risks and comply with requests if they are involved in conversations and decisions about managing the biosecurity risks related to their work on your farm.
Review, evaluate and update biosecurity practices or protocols for field work to ensure they remain relevant to the current trial.
4. Consider the location of the field site
If possible, locate it near an access road to reduce the need for on-site vehicle movement. The location is even more important if field demonstrations are associated with a trial.
5. Ask that they carry a vehicle biosecurity kit at all times.
Some field trials involve growing new crop varieties and testing them against attack by pathogens. Make sure these pathogens don’t become established on your property by asking researchers about their plans to prevent that from happening.
What do researchers risk by not considering farm biosecurity?
Your reluctance to take part in future trials.
Introducing a new pest to an area, along the possible long-term control and management issues.
Negative feedback about their organisation.
Breaching their biosecurity responsibility and ‘duty of care’.
Become biosecurity aware when hosting research – remember you are at the forefront of good biosecurity practice.
The next researcher we'd like to introduce as part of the FMD Ready Project is Emma Davis. Emma is part of sub-project 2 'Farmer Led Surveillance'.
Emma graduated from Veterinary Science with Honors in University of Sydney Class of 2001 with her second degree, her first being Bachelor of Applied Science (Equine Studies) through Charles Sturt University. Emma’s lifelong love of horses led her to equine practice and then rural mixed veterinary practice. In 2007 Emma joined the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and here worked on AusAID projects on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
"It is a unique experience to work with researchers of such a high calibre each in their own right - and between them - across a wide range of topics. The social science of biosecurity and particularly using innovation platforms are something I have not worked with before and am relishing the opportunity."
Owner of Annkea Alpacas, Annette said “We enjoy these weekends as we can show our beautiful animals to the public, engage in conversations about how we care for them, shear them and how alpacas could be of a benefit to farmers with small or large properties. We encourage families to visit by promoting to the local schools.”
Located in Victoria and alongside Clifden Alpacas and Wangurra Alpacas, the three alpaca stud farms are opening up over 5-6 May with a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and nibbles all day. There’ll be plenty of alpaca wool, toys, garments and Archie the Black Alpaca books for sale! On Sunday 6 May, a representative from the Victorian Woolen Mill will be giving a talk on how they process alpaca fleece into Yarn.
The first of a series of six Northern Australia Aquatic Biosecurity Awareness Workshops kicked off in Darwin yesterday!
Offering biosecurity awareness training, workshop attendees were treated to a hands-on dissection focusing on dissection techniques for taking samples ready for laboratory testing. Attendees got to practice on prawns, barramundi and oysters.
Check out some great photos below!
Facilitated by Dr Matt Landos, Director of Future Fisheries Veterinary Service as a collaborative effort between AHA and Australian Biosecurity.
Andrew has been interning with us for the past few weeks as part of his final year of State Veterinary Medicine at Charles Sturt University - CSU. He's been under the guidance of our Senior Manager, Biosecurity Dr Rob Barwell.
Today was his last day and Canberra turned on the weather for a lunchtime run up Mt Ainslie!
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