Farm-level biosecurity

Plant Health Australia administers the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program with funding from Grain Producers Australia and state governments. The program was established to raise awareness among grain producers of the important role they play in biosecurity. Here are some other simple, routine farm practices you can do to reduce the threat of new pests entering and establishing on your property. 

1. Be aware of biosecurity threats

Make sure you, your farm workers and contractors are familiar with the most important pest threats to grains. Conduct a biosecurity induction session on your farm to explain hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles.

2. Ensure seed is pest-free, and preferably certified

Ensure all seed and other farm inputs are fully tested, pest-free and preferably certified. Keep records of your farm inputs.

3. Keep it clean

Practising good sanitation and hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your property and it is the most cost-effective biosecurity strategy. Workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are decontaminated before they enter and exit your farm. Have a designated visitor’s area and provide vehicle and personnel disinfecting facilities.

4. Check your crop

Monitor your crop frequently. Knowing the usual appearance of your crop will help you recognise new or unusual events and pests. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest threat.

5. Entry and signage

Installing farm biosecurity signage on strategic points and farmgates alerts people to the need to consider the possible risks and impact that their visit may have. Limit the number of entry points to more easily control access to your property.

6. Abide by the law

Support and be aware of laws and regulations established to protect the grains industry, Australian agriculture and your region.

7. Report anything unusual

If you suspect a new pest, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

 

To obtain a farm biosecurity sign or for assistance in improving farm biosecurity for your property, contact your state grains biosecurity officer:

 NSW     Louise Rossiter  0429 726 285 lrossiter@phau.com.au
 Qld    Kym McIntyre       0429 727 690 kmcintyre@phau.com.au
 SA    Judy Bellati       0412 218 228 jbellati@phau.com.au
 Vic    Jim Moran       0418 377 930 jmoran@phau.com.au
 WA    Jeff Russell       0447 851 801 jrussell@phau.com.au

More information about biosecurity is in the Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Grains Industry, available from Jo Slattery, 02 6215 7700, jslattery@phau.com.au.