Make a caretaker biosecurity list
Animal Health Australia biosecurity and product integrity services executive manager Duncan Rowland has reminded producers to reinforce the importance of on-farm biosecurity practices to their chosen farm caretakers.
“Unfortunately biosecurity threats such as pest, weed and disease incursions don’t take holidays, which is why if you have someone minding the property over Christmas they need to do more than just feed the cattle and water the crops,” he said.
“If a neighbour, employee, friend or family member is acting as your caretaker, remind them to be vigilant by managing vehicles, people and equipment coming on to your property.
“Get them to check that the water supply is kept fresh and where possible free from insects and faeces, and, if they need to purchase feed, chemicals or farm supplies, make sure they get them from your existing and trusted suppliers.
“Most importantly, your caretaker should be keeping a watchful eye on your livestock and crops, so make sure they have the emergency animal disease and exotic plant pest hotlines handy so they can report anything unusual.”
Mr Rowland said that the new and free FarmBiosecurity smartphone app was a great way to create a biosecurity checklist for caretakers during the summer break.
“I encourage all producers going away over Christmas to download the FarmBiosecurity app and make a biosecurity action list,” he said.
“Once you create that list on your phone you can email it straight to your caretaker.”
The FarmBiosecurity smartphone app can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple app store by searching ‘FarmBiosecurity’.