If Australian producers are looking at ways to protect their profits from diseases, pests and weeds, their next step should be to visit farmbiosecurity.com.au to view the latest videos that cover the important aspects of biosecurity training, planning and recording and managing feral animals and weeds.
Videos are one of the tools provided by the Farm Biosecurity Program, a joint Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia project, to generate awareness about good on-farm biosecurity practices.
The latest videos – Train, Plan, Record and Feral Animals and Weeds – focus on the importance of biosecurity training for staff and family members, creating a customised biosecurity plan, the critical role of record keeping and managing feral animals and weeds. All of these actions are simple, yet vital, steps to minimise the biosecurity risks to your farm.
Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager Biosecurity Services, said the videos include practical advice, tips and interviews with real-life farmers, demonstrating the biosecurity measures they implement on their properties.
“Many producers are concerned about crop and livestock destruction caused by feral and wild animals, but many do not realise the biosecurity risks they bring as carriers of diseases, pests and weed seeds. These videos show the mitigation measures to address those risks when managing these unwanted intruders,” Mr Rowland said.
Alison Saunders, Plant Health Australia’s National Manager for Horticulture, said that many producers spend a lot of time and money controlling weeds on their properties.
“It’s important to not just control weeds in a paddock, but also the areas surrounding crops and along fence lines and property boundaries. This is because weeds and volunteer plants next to a crop can act as a haven for pests and diseases between seasons and a source of infection for the next season’s crop,” Ms Saunders said.
“To be effective, biosecurity should be part of day-to-day activities. The growing suite of Farm Biosecurity videos has something for anyone looking to improve aspects of biosecurity on their farms. That’s what the Farm Biosecurity Program is all about: providing up-to-date, relevant information for all Australian producers,” Ms Saunders said.
Earlier videos in the series covered the biosecurity risks associated with people, vehicles and equipment and moving anything onto or off your property.
This story was first published in Leading Agriculture magazine.