Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

What is farm biosecurity?

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

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Biosecurity essentials

The best defence against pests and diseases is to implement sound biosecurity practices on your farm. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Farm biosecurity toolkit

We have tools, tips and manuals to help you implement farm biosecurity on your property. You will also find individual profiles for a range of livestock and crops: or you can create a profile tailored to your farm.

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    • Advice for grain growers to improve on-farm biosecurity

      October 15, 2018

      Grain growers across Australia are fortunate to have access to biosecurity advice specifically for their industry from Grains Farm Biosecurity Officers in each of the main grain growing states. Officers can work one-on-one with growers to explain simple yet effective ways they can reduce the risks posed by pests, weeds and diseases. The officers work […]

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    • Are you zoonosis-aware?

      Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans. People that live and work around livestock or wildlife are at greater risk of contracting a zoonotic disease, but anyone in close proximity to any animals should make sure they are zoonosis aware. These diseases have the potential to cause serious long-term health […]

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    • Vigilance needed on pig diseases

      A deadly disease of pigs has animal health officials around the world on high alert, and for good reason. African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread in Europe and Asia, with significant herd health and trade implications for pig farmers in affected countries. The ASF virus has been endemic in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly a […]

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    • Varroa threat to bees and pollination

      October 12, 2018

      Any threat to bee health in Australia will have significant economic impacts on tree crop industries which depend on the free pollination services they provide. Australia is currently free of one of the worst pests of bees, the Varroa destructor mite. So when the mite was detected on an incoming ship at the Port of […]

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    • Do you know the signs of foot and mouth disease?

      September 19, 2018

      Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is known to affect cloven hoofed animals, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, buffalo and camelids. Thankfully Australia is lucky enough not to have this highly contagious disease of livestock. In 2013, The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)[1] estimated the cost of an outbreak of […]

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