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

2 January 2020
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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13 December 2019
Area-wide management of Queensland fruit fly and using sterile insects

Area-wide management (AWM) is a proven way of managing pests, including Queensland fruit fly, the single most important pest of fruits and vegetables in Australia. A set of guidelines has been developed by Hort Frontiers to help you get started with AWM for Queensland fruit fly, and the opportunities to use sterile insect technique (SIT) once pest numbers are down and sterile flies become available for purchase*.

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13 December 2019
Beekeeper survey reveals pest and disease threats to honey bees

The Honey Bee Health Survey of 2018 was designed to provide a snapshot of bee health in the Australian honey bee industry. One thing that came from the results is that of the 40 percent of hobby beekeepers who reported losing hives, most were lost due to pests and diseases, followed by overwintering and queen loss.

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13 December 2019
Come clean on your biosecurity needs

While the movement of livestock is the most likely pathway for spreading animal diseases and pests and weeds throughout Australia, people, vehicles and equipment can also act as vectors for many endemic and exotic biosecurity threats.

With the recent announcement by the Queensland Government that accredited lay people will be permitted to provide pregnancy testing services to the cattle industry, Animal Health Australia (AHA) are reminding livestock producers to be aware of the biosecurity risks when dealing with consultants and service providers who may be travelling from property to property for their work.

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12 December 2019
Do the right thing with your food waste or you’ll end up in a pickle

There’s no denying that the reduction of food waste is important for environmental and sustainability factors, which has seen an increase in consumer demand and corporate responsibility to implement programs to minimise food waste.

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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
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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