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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Stay up-to-date with the latest African swine fever information for the Australian pork industry.

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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

19 November 2019
The surprising benefit to bottom line in farming with TR4

The owners of two infested properties in the Tully Valley have shed some positive light on continuing to operate with the disease – including some surprising economic outcomes.

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17 November 2019
Make sure hitch hikers don’t arrive with backpacker labour

At this time of year, many fruit or veg producers will have casual labourers, often backpackers, on their property to help with harvesting activities. If care is not taken, labourers can spread diseases, pests and weed seeds on their clothing, equipment and vehicles as they move from farm-to-farm and region-to-region. But armed with the necessary […]

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15 November 2019
Safeguarding your stock before and after a natural disaster

Across Australia, extreme weather comes and goes with the seasons. Fires, flood, droughts and storms have formed part of the short- and long-term cycles of weather on this continent forever.

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15 November 2019
Thinking of feeding RAM? Here’s why you shouldn’t

Diseases that can have a serious impact on livestock and human health can be spread by providing contaminated feed products to livestock. Every livestock producer has a responsibility to help keep Australia free from these diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

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6 November 2019
We’re on the lookout for the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year

Do you know an Australian biosecurity champion? If someone you know goes the extra mile to protect their property from diseases, pests and weeds, nominate them before Friday 6 December for the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award.

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21 October 2019
Time to keep an eye out for footrot

As we head into spring much of Australia is looking at a drier-than-average season, though there is always a chance of some much-needed rain. With that rain and warmer weather comes increasing disease risks, prompting Animal Health Australia to issue a reminder about footrot.

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21 October 2019
Vaccination can prevent anthrax deaths

In the lead-up to a hot, dry summer, Animal Health Australia (AHA) has joined the call for cattle and sheep producers to consider vaccinating animals against anthrax if they are grazing in or near the nation’s ‘anthrax belt’.

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21 October 2019
Make a start on biosecurity with tailored planners

Many producers in areas affected by plant pest incursions are turning to on-farm biosecurity measures.

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21 October 2019
Industry action – on the ground biosecurity specialists

Some plant industries have appointed specialists to provide biosecurity advice and assistance to growers.

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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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