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

30 October 2020
Farm Biosecurity Nuffield Scholar announced

Claire Petterson, from Collingullie in NSW, will receive a Nuffield Scholarship, sponsored by the Farm Biosecurity Program

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30 October 2020
Livestock lessons from COVID-19

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught Australians anything, it is that maintaining good hygiene practices and minimising the spread of disease are essential in our everyday lives. Throughout the ongoing outbreak maintaining a safe distance from each other, monitoring for symptoms, isolating if we feel unwell and getting tested have helped much of Australia to keep community transmission of the virus to a minimum.

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30 October 2020
Biosecurity essentials: a magnifying lens!

A handheld magnifying lens an essential part of any biosecurity toolkit

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30 October 2020
When it comes to floods, planning is the key to staying afloat

Australia’s reputation for droughts and flooding rains has been hammered home over the last few years, especially to those who make a living on the land. Having a business continuity plan that includes what you’ll do when in a crisis and how you’ll manage biosecurity risks is a great way to help minimise impacts of extreme events like the 2020 Black Summer Bushfires.

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30 September 2020
Industry contacts in a biosecurity emergency response

The leaders in your peak industry body are your main contact and source of information during biosecurity incidents

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29 September 2020
The RAMifications of feeding the wrong feed

Australia is free of many serious diseases of livestock, due to our geographic isolation and our commitment to biosecurity and animal health. As a result of this, Australia’s red meat sector enjoys a high degree of access to international markets, along with a reputation of quality and the confidence of our consumers.

With the health of our livestock in mind, our governments and industries have agreed it’s best not to feed our livestock restricted animal material (RAM). RAM is any material from a vertebrate animal, other than tallow, gelatin, Australian milk products or oils.

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29 September 2020
Health data captured from one-in-three slaughtered sheep

The final numbers are in, and 2019 has proven to be another record-setting calendar year for the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP), with around one-third of all sheep slaughtered in Australia being inspected by a participating abattoir. Run by Animal Health Australia (AHA) with the support of sheep industry organisations Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia, the NSHMP is designed to capture information on health conditions which either affect the  productivity of the sheep, or cause carcases to be trimmed during processing, both of which impact profitability for the producer.

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29 September 2020
Podcasts for fall armyworm management options in Australia’s north

The first three episodes in a podcast series on the impact and management of fall armyworm have been released

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31 August 2020
Avian influenza impacts Victoria

An outbreak of an emergency animal disease (EAD) is a serious, though thankfully uncommon, occurrence, thanks to Australia’s geographic isolation and strong biosecurity measures at the border. However, there is no such thing as zero risk, particularly when it comes to diseases which can be harboured and transmitted by wildlife. Recent detections of avian influenza (AI) in Victoria has prompted Animal Health Australia (AHA) to issue a reminder to bird owners to take biosecurity seriously, even if they only have backyard hens.

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31 August 2020
‘Social distancing’ is never a baaaad idea

The concept of social distancing will likely go down in history as one of the main things by which we remember 2020. Over the course of the year, keeping an appropriate distance between yourself and others has been touted as a key step in limiting the transmission of diseases between individuals. There are some significant parallels between human, animal and plant disease outbreaks, in terms of how they are managed. This is because the same basic principles are at play, regardless of what species the disease affects.

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