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

20 September 2019
Update on African swine fever

Whether you own one pig or a whole shed-load, you have a role to play in protecting Australia’s pig herd and pork industry from deadly exotic diseases. African swine fever (ASF) continues to move through south-east Asia and Animal Health Australia (AHA) is imploring all pig owners to take biosecurity seriously.

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20 September 2019
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst

As more and more livestock producers implement a proactive biosecurity strategy for their farms, the big question continues to be how biosecurity fits into producers going about their business and living their lives as normal.

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20 September 2019
Questions to ask harvest contractors to protect your property

There are five questions you can ask to identify potential issues before your harvest contractor enters your property.

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20 September 2019
Getting on top of fruit flies in spring

Spring, as the first fruits start to form, is the time to make sure your fruit fly management practices are up to date to protect your produce and nearby properties.

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15 August 2019
Pollination agreements with beekeepers prevent getting stung

When hiring hives for pollination, many beekeepers and growers find it a good idea to have a pollination agreement. This approach has the advantage that the growers can specify exactly what they need.

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15 August 2019
Help at hand for growers and beekeepers

Around 200,000 beehives will be transported around growing regions in southern Australia for pollination, making effective biosecurity more important than ever.

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14 August 2019
What it means to be an award-winning cattle producer

Central Queensland cattle producer Melinee Leather and her husband Rob are leaders in applying sound on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices on their properties and sharing their knowledge with others.

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14 August 2019
Biosecurity helps prevent every owner’s nightmare

A case of Hendra virus in the Hunter Valley in northern New South Wales has prompted AHA to issue a reminder to horse owners on the importance of biosecurity and early reporting of diseases.

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18 July 2019
Tips about compost use on-farm

Many farmers use compost and manure for various soil structure and fertility benefits, but it can be a potential pathway for the spread of diseases, pests and weeds.

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18 July 2019
Unseen does not mean clean

When does clean, really mean clean when it comes to purchasing a second-hand machine?

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