Make a care­taker biose­cu­rity list

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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’.

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