Farm Biosecurity news
November 2018
Getting biosecurity zoning right

Zoning your farm should be a priority to secure your farm against diseases, pests and weeds – but it's not an easy task to retrofit biosecurity measures on a farm that was set up with other priorities in mind.

Most people don't have the luxury of planning the property layout from scratch and deciding where it's best to place everything that you need to run your business efficiently. You have to work around existing roads, fences, houses, sheds and other facilities.

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Recognising and reporting unusual signs of disease

Australia is very fortunate to be free of many diseases and pests that could devastate our livestock industries. This freedom from disease allows us to produce a premium product and access markets all over the world.

Whilst we have been fortunate to date, increased international trade, movements of people and products all around the world and the uncertain impacts of climate change increasingly threaten our biosecurity status. It is vital that we continually work to increase our preparedness for an outbreak.

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Market gardener on the edge of the urban sprawl

Glenn Favero is extremely proactive in his approach to biosecurity and he and his team at Favero Gardens near Cranbourne in Victoria undertake a number of biosecurity practices.

Running an operation in a peri-urban region, Glenn and his staff are aware of these risks and actively work to mitigate them.

The growing operation focuses on a number of biosecurity measures commencing at the farm gate and ending when the crop leaves his property for sale. Glenn grows celery, parsnip, broccoli, lettuce and Brussel sprouts.

While there are advantages to running an operation close to urban areas – fresh, high quality produce can quickly reach markets in city centres, and year-round employment opportunities can attract employees from urban areas – there can be disadvantages as well. One of them is the increased biosecurity threats that must be effectively managed.

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All hands on dec – why you should use a Sheep Health Declaration

It’s all too tempting to dismiss the National Sheep Health Declaration (SHD) as more unnecessary paperwork, but it is a vital tool for producers who want to manage the risks of endemic diseases.

The SHD, which is supplied during the sale or agistment of livestock, sets out what the vendor or owner knows about the health status of their stock.

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New procedures for fumigating with methyl bromide

Following a number of outbreaks of fruit fly in Tasmania and South Australia last summer, there have been changes to the procedures required for fumigating fruit and vegetables with methyl bromide. The changes relate to the fruit temperature during treatment, and should be followed by producers who use an Interstate Certificate of Assurance 4 (ICA 4) or a Plant Health Certificate to move their produce interstate.

The new ICA 4 documentation for producers in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia is available by searching the Australian Interstate Quarantine website's ICA database.

Free 25x macro lens kits

For a short time, anyone who signs up to receive Farm Biosecurity News will receive a free 25x macro lens kit.

A macro lens can be attached to the camera of your mobile device to take pictures of plant pests and symptoms of diseases. The lens enlarges the subject while maintaining the resolution of the image, allowing an expert to make an accurate diagnosis.

Plant Health Australia has created a fact sheet Tips for taking photos with a macro lens

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Do you grow melons?

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Check out the new Farm Biosecurity Planner for melon growers, produced by NSW DPI and the Australian Melon Association.

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Be alert to avoid lupin anthracnose outbreak

Agriculture Victoria

With dry seasonal conditions being experienced throughout most lupin growing regions of Victoria, producers will be looking further afield to source their seed and stockfeed. Agriculture Victoria is asking producers to follow restrictions for lupin seed entering Victoria to avoid a lupin anthracnose outbreak.

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Sunflower tourism’s biosecurity risk

Ground Cover, GRDC

The surge in people wanting to view fields of sunflowers and have their picture taken in the crop was a double-edged sword for some growers in the southern parts of the Darling Downs in Queensland last summer.

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Sheep producers reminded to follow biosecurity protocols to prevent footrot

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA

Western Australian producers are reminded to follow biosecurity protocols when bringing sheep onto their properties, to protect their flocks from virulent footrot.

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Illegal pork semen importers face court

Mirage News

Two persons involved in the pork production industry faced court today in Western Australia on charges relating to deliberate illegal imports of pig semen over a number of years.

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Kiwifruit disease Psa confirmed in Australia

Fresh Fruit

Two weeks after Seeka (NZX: SEK) reported bacterial symptoms reminiscent of kiwifruit disease Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (Psa) in an Australian orchard, Agriculture Victoria has confirmed the tests came up positive.

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Importing grain for stock feed

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

With many parts of Australia in drought, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been getting a significant number of enquiries about importing processed plant-based stock feed, whole grain and hay.

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Anthrax found at northern Vic sheep farm

7 News

An anthrax outbreak at a farm in northern Victoria has prompted the killing of some sheep and vaccination of others.

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