Weeds, pests and diseases can enter your farm and be spread by equipment and vehicles, either directly or in plant material, soil or manure. It is important to maintain equipment hygiene and ensure all vehicles that visit your property and access your production areas are clean of this material and are well maintained.
Knowing who has entered your property also allows possible sources of weeds, pests or diseases to be identified. Also, limiting the number of vehicle access points to your property by locking gates will limit the potential weed, pest and disease entry sites and allow you to monitor these areas closely.
Limit the number of entry and exit points (one is preferable).
Examine each vehicle entry and exit point for the risk they pose, particularly in relation to the distance from livestock and crops.
Display biosecurity signs, with clear instructions and contact details, at vehicle access points.
Clearly sign and lock restricted access areas.
Keep a visitor register.
There is a range of resources available to help you to manage vehicle and equipment hygiene on farm. A few of them are listed here.
Machinery hygiene, in the AgGuide series by NSW Department of Primary Industries
There are sections in this guide that define weeds, pests and diseases, how they can enter and spread on a property. Useful case studies for pests such as serrated tussock and grapevine phylloxera are also included to highlight the role of biosecurity practices as control measures. Other sections include how to inspect and clean vehicles and machinery, how to dispose of soil and plant material, and how to report unusual weeds, pests and diseases. There’s also a sample checklist for cleaning and inspection to make sure nothing is overlooked.
Vehicle and machinery clean down procedures, by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
This free publication tends to focus on cleaning vehicles to prevent the spread of weeds, outlining general clean down guidelines and basic cleaning for all types of vehicles including cars, trucks and 4WDs. Also covers specific instructions for particular types of vehicles, for example excavators, headers and harvesters, dozers and tractors. There’s also a video by Biosecurity Queensland – Weed out the seeds – how to clean down – that highlights some of the areas on vehicles to pay extra attention to when cleaning where plant material and weed seeds can accumulate.
A video and more information about vehicle and equipment biosecurity is available from the People, vehicles and equipment page. A vehicle cleaning record is available from the Records page.
Animal Health Australia (AHA), the Invasive Species Council (ISC) and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) are excited to announce the inaugural 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium to be held 12-13 June on the Gold Coast, QLD. Our Symposium will provide the ideal platform for diverse c...
THEMES: Future-proofing biosecurity - Australia will face unprecedented biosecurity risks over the next decade, so the work to build the biosecurity system for 2030 must begin now. This theme will explore emergency preparedness, learnings from other sectors (health, security etc.), risk appetite and game changers.
Visit www.biosym.com.au/program to see all the presentations we have on this topic and don't miss out on the Keynote Panel on Day Two where we discuss this in-depth with representatives from Australia and New Zealand.
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The FMD Ready’s sub-project 3 team are using computer simulation software to test FMD control strategies for Australia – to be prepared in the event an outbreak occurs.
They are currently analysing the results from the first phase of simulations of control strategies with vaccination. Early results from the simulations indicate there may be interesting differences in control strategies in intensive livestock production regions.
The FMD Ready’s sub-project 3 team are using computer simulation software to test FMD control strategies for Australia – to be prepared in the event an outbreak occurs. Find out more about their results at https://t.co/m88AQBo5tD
A big thanks to the 1000+ producers that provided their expert knowledge in the FMD Ready Project’s sub-project 2 producer surveys! Analysis of the data is now underway. Find out more https://t.co/N7xB6uVOmL
We’re pawsitive you’ll love Petal but if you’re in pawsession of #biosecurity risks, your arrival in Aust is gonna be ruff. A passenger from Thailand brought in undeclared pork & fresh leaves infected with citrus canker. Don’t be sorry, just declare it | https://t.co/9tXzvpHHI0
On Wed 1 May the FMD Ready Project’s Beef Innovation Pilot group met for the third time since it was formed to discuss the value of training in post-mortem examination and development of an outbreak response guide. Find out more https://t.co/WPtVsF7MkL
Researchers working in sub-project 1 of the FMD Ready project have been busy collaborating with Duke-National University Singapore to develop a method for processing samples taken from the nose and mouth of FMD-infected animals.
We are pleased to be hosting two #biosecurity specialists from #Vanuatu #SolomonIslands for three weeks as part of the #Pacific Plant Biosecurity Program https://t.co/w3EJhXMz0t @ACIARAustralia @CrawfordFund