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

27 May 2021
Roadside grain dumping – risking more than farmer’s $$

Dumping of grain on roadside stops is illegal and a serious biosecurity risk

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27 May 2021
New surveillance guide for pests and diseases of tropical crops

The Exotic Pest Identification and Surveillance Guide for Tropical Horticulture is now available for growers.

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26 May 2021
Don’t be THAT neighbour

“Devise a ‘stray animal plan’ with your neighbour and include this in your biosecurity plan. Make sure to clearly identify what you will do if you find your neighbour’s animals on your property, how they will be returned and vice versa,” says Dr Hemley.

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26 May 2021
Autumn, what a busy time of year!

Contractors, like all visitors, pose a biosecurity risk, so producers should have a fit-for-purpose visitor protocol.

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26 May 2021
Scholarship for an Australian primary producer

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

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30 April 2021
Sweet! Citrus canker eradicated from Oz

After a three-year effort, citrus canker has been eradicated from Australia. The tropical disease, affecting citrus such as oranges, limes, lemons and mandarins, has been eradicated thanks to the support of the local community and industry.

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30 April 2021
Biosecurity essentials: orchard harvest outputs

Using good on farm hygiene reduces the risk of spreading pests and diseases and minimises the risks they pose to your business. This applies at all times of the year, but particularly so during harvest.

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29 April 2021
Don’t lose sight of your biosecurity plan

Being biosecurity-conscious doesn’t need to be a big commitment; with a little planning and forethought many biosecurity activities slide right in to being standard practice. Of course, when all the planning is said and done, the next step is the ‘doing’. Many livestock producers have been ‘doing’ biosecurity for a long time, with some practices being so ingrained that they have become a natural part of the day-to-day operation of a farm.

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29 April 2021
Five years on – Johne’s deregulation in the cattle industry

July 2021 marks five years since the transition from national regulation of Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle to producer management of the disease. JD was previously regulated in all states and territories in Australia, meaning that beef herds that had a case of JD were put into quarantine and would need to undergo a disease management plan to eradicate the disease before being able to sell cattle freely again.

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30 March 2021
Virulent footrot prevention is far better than the cure

With many sheep producing regions across Australia receiving rainfall through January to March, Animal Health Australia (AHA) is reminding producers to be vigilant about virulent footrot. Virulent footrot spreads and expresses in the warm and moist conditions which are prevalent in many regions right now.

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