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