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

23 March 2020
Restocking: are you getting more than you bargained for?

With large parts of the country receiving some much-needed rainfall, many livestock producers are considering restocking or increasing their existing herds and flocks. While this is good news for those businesses, Animal Health Australia (AHA) is advising producers to be cautious with how they go about restocking.

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23 March 2020
Be ready: a disease outbreak can be sudden and swift

With the world grappling with a human health emergency of a scale not seen in a century, it goes without saying that we’re living through a period that future health authorities will use as a case study.

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16 March 2020
Fall armyworm found in Oz

The exotic pest fall armyworm has been detected on islands in the Torres Strait, Bamaga in Cape York, at Croyden in the Gulf country, South Johnstone, Tolga and Lakeland in Queensland.

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12 March 2020
It’s that time again: Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey

The survey ‘field’ work for the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey will be starting soon.

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4 March 2020
Winners of the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award

The winners of the 2020 Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award are Templeton Farming Enterprises and Seafarms Group.

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14 February 2020
Exotic pest profile: spotted wing drosophila

The fly called spotted wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is emerging as a global plant pest of significance. It attacks a range of soft skinned fruit and reduces crop yield and quality through direct feeding damage and secondary infection of the fruit.

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14 February 2020
Biosecurity measures for poultry on small blocks

There are many upsides to keeping animals, from domestic and exotic pets through to species traditionally kept as livestock.

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14 February 2020
Make sure your next cuppa isn’t a biosecurity risk

For more than a decade, a small group of farmers have been growing coffee bushes in Far North Queensland and northern New South Wales, and in 2011 the first coffee made from commercially grown Australian beans hit the market.

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14 February 2020
Sharing sheep health information provides value for money

When buying livestock, value for money is the first and foremost concern, as producers want to know that the stock they are purchasing will be productive and profitable.

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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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