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African swine fever
A vehicle biosecurity kit is a useful tool to help limit the spread of unwanted pests, diseases and weeds on-farm or between farms. A kit should be carried and used by anyone working on-farm such as agronomists, extension officers and farm staff, including itinerant workers and contractors.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) has been detected in piggeries across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Producers in these regions should be vigilant and stay on the lookout for signs of JE among pigs and horses in particular.
Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli or TPP) is a pest that all potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato (Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae) growers across Australia should be familiar with.
When we talk about farm biosecurity, we almost always talk about it from an on-farm producer or growers’ perspective. However, as an agronomist, vet or contractor visiting multiple sites, you can unintentionally carry pests, diseases and weeds off the farm and between sites.
The world has learned first-hand just how quickly viral outbreaks can spread, but pig producers are all too familiar with the concept. This is thanks to one of the biggest risks the global pig industry faces: African swine fever (ASF).
This disease causes huge economic loss because of the lack of effective vaccines and treatments. When the only adequate prevention of spread is early detection, surveillance becomes an integral part of biosecurity plans.