Farm Biosecurity news
July 2018
Five key ways you can beef up your livestock biosecurity

By Jess Rummery, AHA’s Biosecurity and Extension Manager, Northern Australia

Every property has different biosecurity risks, which is why no two biosecurity plans are the same, and there’s no point spending the time and effort to make a plan that isn’t put into practice. This article highlights some key ways you can strengthen your overall biosecurity, reducing the disease, pest and/or weed risk to your business whilst strengthening Australia’s overall agricultural industries at the same time.

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The importance of pest surveillance

Have you ever wondered how we know that Australia doesn’t have certain pests and diseases that wreak havoc on crop production overseas? It’s not just because nobody has noticed anything wrong with their health of their plants.

The only way we know for sure that we don’t have certain pests is to go out looking from them where they are likely to be found. That’s where targeted plant pest surveillance comes in.

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Help keep Australia free of BSE

If you’re a stock feed manufacturer, retailer or livestock producer, then you need to understand the Australian Ruminant Feed Ban.

Legislated in all Australian states and territories, the ban states that ‘restricted animal material’ (RAM), being any meal derived from vertebrate animal origin, cannot be fed to ruminants. Doing so could result in the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Australia, if it was ever introduced.

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The big picture of how Australia is being protected from plant pests and diseases

The latest go-to guide to how Australia is being protected against plant pests and diseases reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living.

The tenth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity.

The report details the efforts being made by everyone involved in plant biosecurity, be they the Australian or state governments, industries, research agencies and the community.

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Remaining Q fever aware

Q fever is an important zoonotic disease (i.e. a disease that can be passed from animals to humans or vice versa) for people who work with animals. Q fever can result in acute or chronic disease in humans and is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii.

Q fever is a notifiable disease in all states and territories in Australia. That means doctors and nurses have to report patients diagnosed with the disease to their Chief Medical Officers within state and territory departments of health.

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What is the critical period for weed control?

NSW Department of Primary Industries (weeds) Research Agronomist Graham Charles, answers the question 'What is the critical period for weed control?'

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Buying in breeding stock this spring? Don’t take any ‘bull’

Spring bull sales are just getting started, and for many beef enterprises, bulls will be the only new livestock purchases made this year.

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Ten tips for better field day biosecurity

Despite the considerable benefits of field days, they can also act as a hub for spreading new pests, weeds and diseases.

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South Australia brings in ovine Johne’s disease and footrot changes

South Australia will relax ovine Johne’s disease flock and property quarantine restrictions under a new management plan announced late last week.

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Biosecurity battle: measures against yellow crazy ants succeeding

Yellow crazy ant has been at the centre of a critical biosecurity operation in Northern NSW this year, with Lismore CBD the subject of a movement restriction zone.

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Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

An international conspiracy to profit from bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia has been unearthed in a Four Corners investigation.

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Port surveillance system targets exotic bee pests

In the wake of a recent varroa mite detection in an incoming ship to the Port of Melbourne there is a high level of surveillance occurring in strategically placed sentinel hives around the port.

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Fit to load webinar: If in doubt, leave it out – or at least, ‘check it out’

The need for viligance when transporting livestock was reinforced during Friday’s 'Fit to load?' webinar hosted by Cattle Council of Australia and Beef Central. The hour-long webinar attracted 220 industry stakeholders from across Australia.

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