An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm west of Melbourne in January underlines how important effective on-farm biosecurity is in preventing disease in livestock.
The outbreak was quickly contained and eradicated through coordinated action by government and industry. Nevertheless several countries have since placed bans on some poultry products from Victoria, while Japan has cancelled all imports from across Australia, showing the serious risks to market access even a minor disease outbreak can pose.
This disease emergency serves as a timely reminder to all Australian livestock producers to review and strengthen the biosecurity practices followed on-farm. Industry biosecurity manuals offer the best advice on the simple, everyday steps producers can take to protect their properties from diseases, pests and weeds.