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Farm Biosecurity News
There’s a new course available on Plant Health Australia’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) site on the topic of reporting new pests and diseases, and some of the steps that may be taken in the early stages of an incursion.
The relationship between people and dogs has benefitted both for generations, so much so that the farmer and their dog is an iconic image in our industry. Yet wild dogs can be one of the biggest killers for affected farmers; not only do they directly prey on livestock, their simple presence can cause a big biosecurity headache.
A new version of the Biosecurity Manual for Cherry Growers is now available on the Farm Biosecurity website.The updated manual stems from a review of the biosecurity plan for the entire industry, something that is done every five years or so to make sure that biosecurity activities are still targeting the highest priority pests.
With challenging and dry conditions prevailing this year, Grains Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran recommends staying one step ahead of pests by using farm biosecurity practices before and during sowing.
With a positive detection for Johne’s disease (JD) on a New South Wales north coast cattle stud having been confirmed by NSW DPI, questions about what this means for properties with a confirmed clinical case of JD have been asked, particularly in relation to the relatively new framework for management of the disease.