What is Farm Biosecurity

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

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Farm Biosecurity Toolkit

We have tools, tips and manuals to help you implement farm biosecurity on your property. You will also find individual profiles for a range of livestock and crops: or you can create a profile tailored to your farm.

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Biosecurity Essentials

The best defence against pests and diseases is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Farm inputs

Almost anything moved onto your property can be a potential source of pests and diseases for livestock and plants. Monitor animals or plant materials that enter the property, as well as sources of water, feed and fertiliser.

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Farm outputs

Responsibility for biosecurity doesn’t end when plant products or animals leave the farm gate. The measures in place on your property support biosecurity in your region.

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Ferals and weeds

Feral animals, plant pests and weeds are a widespread nuisance but can also cause harm to your business, so they need to be actively controlled.

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People, vehicles & equipment

If it can move, it can carry diseases, pests and weeds. That's why people, vehicles and equipment pose a high biosecurity risk and should be managed accordingly.

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Production practices

Good on-farm hygiene reduces the risk of spreading pests and diseases. You can implement simple hygiene practices with feed and water sources, product packaging, storage facilities, livestock husbandry, waste materials and plant propagation.

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Train, plan & record

Ensure that staff are well trained and that you have the ability to trace where animals or plants have come from and where they went. Keep accurate records of purchases, sales and movements.

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News & Events

26 June 2020
Keeping up the momentum against feral animals

With pressures on our biosecurity system always growing, matching these threats with increasing awareness and investment is a top priority for governments and industry bodies. The Australian government recently announced further support for a steering group and a highly experienced coordinator to lead efforts against feral pigs, that can leverage off the renewed national framework for the management of wild dogs.

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26 June 2020
Is the next big disease threat right under our zoo-noses?

Diseases which can jump from animals to humans have been around for as long as our species has been domesticating others. Technically known as zoonoses (singular zoonosis) or diseases which are zoonotic, these can be a danger to the health of both humans and animals living and working in close proximity.

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26 June 2020
Scholarship for an Australian primary producer

The Farm Biosecurity Program, run by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, will support a scholarship for a primary producer to study a topic relevant to on-farm biosecurity.

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26 June 2020
Planning to send used machinery or equipment to South Australia? Make sure it’s certified

As of 15 June 2020, any used horticultural equipment not accompanied by the correct biosecurity documentation will be quarantined at the South Australian border.

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26 May 2020
New tools to help your seasonal workers be biosecurity aware

A video and fact sheet in nine languages have been developed for use in staff induction or training sessions.

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26 May 2020
Coordinated biosecurity surveillance to strengthen grain industry

A national strategy has been developed to coordinate surveillance for pests and diseases of grain.

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25 May 2020
Biosecurity is about looking out for yourself and your neigh-bours

Horses are a common sight in regional and rural Australia, being used as utility animals on farms and with both riding and equestrian being popular sports. While rarely kept in large groups outside of studs or agistment properties, you’d be hard-pressed to find a town or village that didn’t have its fair share of horses in the surrounding area.

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25 May 2020
Extension a focus for sheep industries’ new national biosecurity strategy

The Australian sheep and wool industries are set to receive greater support in implementing proactive biosecurity measures, through the appointment of a specialist extension resource at Animal Health Australia (AHA), based in South Australia.

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29 April 2020
Declaring is caring: A new Cattle Health Declaration is now available

One of the most important biosecurity tools in a cattle producer’s arsenal has now been updated, with a new version of the national Cattle Health Declaration now available on the Farm Biosecurity website.

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29 April 2020
In-vector-gate any para-sightings while it’s warm and damp

Though we had a nasty start to the season due to the effects of prolonged drought exacerbating the fire season, predictions for a hot and dry summer didn’t entirely pan out, as large parts of Australia recorded significant rainfall over the past few months.

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