Attend the Biosecurity Symposium as a Producer Delegate

We're sponsoring up to six producers to travel to and attend the 2nd Biosecurity Symposium. Engage with a range of professionals within the industry and hear the latest cutting-edge ideas at the Symposium on the Gold Coast. Flights, travel, and a full pass to all events are included for six producers. Enter now by telling us about your biosecurity practices on-farm.

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Controlling Mosquitoes Around Piggeries

This fact sheet has been prepared for pig producers to assist in the control of mosquitoes in piggeries. It was developed in March 2022 by the Japanese encephalitis Vector Management Group – consisting of agriculture and health agencies, and the 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

28 April 2022
National Plant Biosecurity Strategy released

The 2021-2031 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) was released by Plant Health Australia  and (PHA) provides a framework to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity system over the next decade.

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28 April 2022
Monitoring for mango shoot looper

Mango and lychee growers in Australia should become familiar with and be on the lookout for the exotic pest, Mango shoot looper (Perixera illepidaria) – detected in Far North Queensland last year, and most recently in the Northern Territory.

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27 April 2022
Fast Focus: Lumpy Skin Disease

Bronwyn Hendry, Head of Program Animal Health, Surveillance and Monitoring at Animal Health Australia sat down with us to talk about Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD): what it is, what to look out for, and how to protect your farm.  

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27 April 2022
Controlling mosquito populations for you and your piggery

Controlling mosquito populations around your farm is crucial to preventing the spread of Japanese encephalitis (JE) and other diseases for you and your piggery. While the information in this article applies to humans and pigs, much can also be applied to other livestock. 

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30 March 2022
How to report pests and diseases as a grower

Plant pests and diseases can have a serious impact on your business, industry and community. By reporting anything unusual, you help protect your bottom line but also help reduce the likelihood that new pests are here to stay.

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30 March 2022
Carry a vehicle biosecurity kit, and use it!

A vehicle biosecurity kit is a useful tool to help limit the spread of unwanted pests, diseases and weeds on-farm or between farms. A kit should be carried and used by anyone working on-farm such as agronomists, extension officers and farm staff, including itinerant workers and contractors.

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30 March 2022
Japanese encephalitis detected across the east coast of Australia

Japanese encephalitis (JE) has  been detected in piggeries across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Producers in these regions should be vigilant and stay on the lookout for signs of JE among pigs and horses in particular.

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28 February 2022
Keep an eye out for Tomato Potato Psyllid

Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli or TPP) is a pest that all potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato (Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae) growers across Australia should be familiar with.

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28 February 2022
Farm biosecurity begins before the gate

When we talk about farm biosecurity, we almost always talk about it from an on-farm producer or growers’ perspective. However, as an agronomist, vet or contractor visiting multiple sites, you can unintentionally carry pests, diseases and weeds off the farm and between sites.

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28 February 2022
New ASF surveillance technique shows promise

The world has learned first-hand just how quickly viral outbreaks can spread, but pig producers are all too familiar with the concept. This is thanks to one of the biggest risks the global pig industry faces: African swine fever (ASF).

This disease causes huge economic loss because of the lack of effective vaccines and treatments. When the only adequate prevention of spread is early detection, surveillance becomes an integral part of biosecurity plans.

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