Biosecurity Week 2020 – vigilence and hygiene

Monday, 27 July marks the start of Biosecurity Week 2020, which will see a week of activities across Aotearoa in which those working in the biosecurity sector highlight their work to their communities.  The event is led by the NZ Biosecurity Institute and this year’s theme is 20-20 Vigilance. Institute president Alice McNatty said Covid 19 has shown […]

It starts at the gate

With few ‘lead by example’ stories coming out of New Zealand currently we thought this story out of Australia might encourage our producers to make a start on their own biosecurity arrangements.

Biosecurity is not a sometimes activity

I want to relate a true story. A couple of weeks ago we met a South Island dairy farmer that had been caught up in the M. Bovis response. We spoke about what this had meant for him and his business – none of it good other than that he was now able to get […]

Eight years is long enough – let’s step-up in 2019

We thought we’d start the New Year with a reflection on 2018, to set the scene for the year ahead. Last year, KPMG’s 2018 Agribusiness Agenda provided some powerful insights into the current thinking about New Zealand’s Biosecurity. For the 60 business and farming leaders who were surveyed for the agenda, the top priority among […]

Inventing a footwear biosecurity system for farms – Coast and Country

Many thanks to the Coast and Country team for paying us a visit and sharing our story following the Biosecurity Awards late last year. Check out Catherine Fry’s story:

Biosecurity measures that improve disease awareness the most valuable

“Biosecurity measures that improve disease awareness of farmers were ranked as both most important and most effective” by this Swedish study surveying the views of industry experts. It supports the view that though they may not always be the most effective measures for restricting the spread of any one disease, elements of a biosecurity plan […]

Leisa Norris – Farmers need to take Biosecurity steps to protect, Stuff April 2018

This is one of those ‘in a nutshell’ type articles that appear on sometimes – short, succinct and on point.  Takeaways messages are – Biosecurity is much more than just M. Bovis and will be important long after M. Bovis runs its course, involve farm staff in making your plan, one of the easiest […]

On-Farm Biosecurity – Managing footwear video

Put together by Horticulture Innovation Australia and the Queensland Government as part of the Better Bananas extension programme, this video explains how a ‘dedicated on farm footwear’ programme providing footwear to visitors works.  It’s in Queensland, and they probably don’t encounter mud that often, so we’d suggest a proper boot cleaner to clean used footwear […]

New Zealand’s Biosecurity plan – Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement

This Statement provides the direction New Zealand’s biosecurity systems need to take in the next 10 years to make it more resilient and future-focused. Visit the Biosecurity 2025 website to find out more about the Statement, its five strategic directions and five workplans, the groups involved, signing up for the latest biosecurity news and to […]

Disease prevention for livestock and poultry farmers

Having suffered a major incursion of Foot and Mouth disease in 2001, the UK takes its biosecurity very seriously. Though it is similar information to the guidelines we have in New Zealand, it doesn’t hurt to get a different perspective.  Check out the UK Government’s disease prevention for livestock farmers.  There is also specific advice […]