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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

31 May 2022
Lambing workshop held in May

On 7 May 2022 Animal Health Australia ran a lamb marking workshop in Southern New South Wales with 20 smallholders from the region, who wanted to develop some new skills.

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31 May 2022
Foot-and-mouth disease discovered in Indonesia

As of May 2022, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been reported in Indonesia. Australia remains free of FMD, and it should be noted that Australia has detailed, well-rehearsed FMD response plans and arrangements in place. Governments and industry’s preparedness is continuously reviewed. However, it’s crucial that livestock producers are on high alert and begin to put preventative measures in place now.

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31 May 2022
Bucks for brains – how cattle and sheep producers can help Australia’s disease-free status

It’s you who helps maintain Australia’s freedom from such things as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a rare class of neurological diseases. It’s a mouthful of words for various fatal diseases that have no validated live animal tests, no treatments, and no vaccines.

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31 May 2022
Building a mass biosecurity movement

More than 400 of the country’s leading innovative minds and influential players recently converged on the Gold Coast for the 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium, to network, brainstorm and unite under a common purpose to accelerate biosecurity reform.

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31 May 2022
Chemical residues in crops could harm safe grain status

Australian grain has a healthy export market, accounting for 16 per cent of the country’s agricultural export income. Grain quality and stringent measures across the value chain to ensure it is safe to consume help facilitate access to key export markets.

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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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