Farm biosecurity can be very important to your farming operation and if the risks aren't properly addressed and managed, can affect your livelihood, the environment and put your neighbours at risk. Preparation and planning is key to managing your farm's biosecurity risks. If a new pest or disease establishes itself on your property it can be devastating to your yield, and is often very expensive to eradicate. Waratah recommends having a proactive approach to biosecurity and the best place to start is to have a well built and maintained fencing system. See the below risks that may affect you and your property and some ways you can combat these risks.

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Biosecurity Focus for Fences

In 2011, the Johnson family bought a 2,000 hectare mixed farming property at Mintaro near Clare in South Australia. They had a disease-free status on their sheep. However, surrounding areas did not have the same status. Stock movements were largely carried out along the roads bordering the property. To ensure their livestock stayed disease-free, biosecurity became high on their list of priorities.

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Barrier Against Wild Dogs and Livestock Disease

David Counsell and his wife Genevieve, operate ‘Dunblane’ a 15,000 hectare Mitchell Grass property west of Barcaldine in Central West Queensland. Throughout the property, flocks of sheep continue to mix and are spreading lice and other diseases. Additional pressure from the increase of wild dogs have also been a serious threat to the Counsell’s family business.

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Preventing Livestock and River Damage

Duncan found it difficult with his traditional timber & plain wire fence to protect sensitive river bank areas and remnant vegetation from damage by livestock. On other parts of the property, he wasn’t getting the maximum pasture utilisation for livestock and other parts of the boundary had a high risk of incursion from neighbours livestock and feral animals.

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