Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s Weeds Officers are now called Biosecurity Officers. This aligns with the new Legislation governing weed management in NSW, the Biosecurity Act 2015. Council has appointed a dedicated Biosecurity Extension Officer to support landholders with information and advice on Biosecurity compliance through integrated weed management.
Farm Biosecurity covers many aspects of land and livestock management, below are links to some useful online tools for managing Biosecurity on your farm.
What is farm biosecurity?
Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests, diseases and weeds. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility and that of every person visiting or working on your property.
Producers play a key role in protecting Australian plant and livestock industries from pests and diseases by implementing sound biosecurity measures on-farm.
If a new pest or disease becomes established on your farm, it will affect your business through increased costs (for monitoring, production practices, additional chemical use and labour), reduced productivity (in yield and/or quality) or loss of markets. Early detection and immediate reporting of an exotic pest or disease increase the chance of effective and efficient eradication.
The Farm Biosecurity program is an important part of Australia’s emergency animal disease and exotic plant pest surveillance systems. Surveillance allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities and provides evidence of Australia’s pest and animal disease status to support access to international markets.
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.
Use the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner to assess the risks on your farm and to take steps to address them. Refer to the planner periodically to check on progress and prioritise actions.
Farm Biosecurity App
The Farm Biosecurity App is for people on the go who want to bolster biosecurity on their farm. It’s based on the six biosecurity essentials, covering every aspect of your day-to-day activities. Download it directly to your phone or device.
Create your unique, customised farm profile and toolkit of resources at:
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Practical Tips for effective weed control:• Know your enemy – without successful weed ID, you can’t be sure you’re using the right technique, or even targeting the right plant. Councils Biosecurity Officers are available to assist you with weed identification on your property.