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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.
Livestock producers can often see biosecurity as something that happens in a particular moment in time, such as when new livestock enter the property, when livestock leave for or return from agistment, or when an animal begins showing signs of a disease or pest problem.
On-farm biosecurity has always been important, yet over the last few years its implementation has become far more visible. This serves the producer by keeping them aware of and managing people moving onto and about their property, and the associated risks.A more recent issue we’ve seen is activists who have, in several high-profile cases nationwide, taken it upon themselves to enter properties without consent in order to bring attention to their opposition to livestock farming.