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

18 October 2021
New biosecurity hub for grains industry

Plant Health Australia (PHA) in partnership with Grain Producers Australia (GPA) have launched an online hub of industry-specific biosecurity resources and tools.

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18 October 2021
New important conditions for Brown Marmorated Stinkbug season

The first day of Spring marks a lot of things for farmers, one of them being the beginning of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB, Halyomorpha halys) risk season, which runs from 1 September 2021 to 30 April 2022, when the pest travels to Australia hitchhiking among imported goods and cargo.

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18 October 2021
Tips for protecting your farm when you buy ‘trade’ mobs

Some producers may be looking to purchase in store lambs for finishing in feedlot systems or on stubbles. It is important to keep in mind biosecurity risks that might come with these sheep.

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18 October 2021
Celebrating the eradication of varroa mite

Beekeepers and growers of pollination-reliant crops are celebrating the official announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment that varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) has been eradicated from Townsville in Queensland (QLD).

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18 October 2021
Heed the Seeds of Pests and Disease

Hay cutting and harvesting season has started and it’s crucial you understand the implications this has in relation to your farm.

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31 August 2021
Biosecurity to protect our industry’s bacon

Whether you own a commercial piggery, 10 sows, or a pet pig, we are all part of the one community – the Australian pig community! To ensure that our community is protected against diseases, we must all do our part in maintaining good biosecurity on our properties. Biosecurity can be simple and practical while still being cost-effective.

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31 August 2021
Biosecurity and the circle of influence

The biosecurity environment is a complex space, with many stakeholders having a vested interest in protecting the agricultural industries and the environment from pest, weed and disease incursion.

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24 August 2021
What happens when an exotic pest arrives in Australia?

When a new pest or disease is first detected – particularly if that occurs in an agricultural production area – a decision needs to be made whether it is feasible to eradicate it or whether we need to learn how to manage it.

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24 August 2021
Farm biosecurity improves the management of soil-borne diseases

Researchers recently surveyed growers to find out how effective biosecurity practices were at controlling a soil-borne disease of strawberry. The results clearly demonstrate the benefits to be had from using simple biosecurity measures on your farm.

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4 August 2021
From virtual to reality: using data and technology to promote animal health

Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) have developed a virtual reality tool for producers, Sheep Health Conditions – Carcass Impacts.

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