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.CONTACT US
Feral & wild animals
Natural disasters & excavation activity
Unauthorised property access
- Feral & wild animals can often carry diseases with them.
- These diseases can be passed onto crops and livestock through physical contact (with both plants and livestock), or trace contact (droppings, seed & spore distribution).
- Once these diseases have established themselves eradication can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise.
- Creating a strong, well maintained boundary fence is one of the best defences against feral and wild animals.
- Using livestock fencing is also an excellent way to separate groups of livestock to lessen the impact of a disease and pest outbreak
- Water sources can also be a biosecurity risk especially to your livestock.
- Water sources often spread diseases, pests and weed seed via flowing water.
- Disease-causing organisms and pests can survive a lot longer without a host in water sources.
- Fencing off these water sources is the best way to combat this potential risk.
- Having these systems fenced off will allow you to properly monitor the water source for diseases and allow you to decide when your livestock can use the source.
- Fencing these water sources will also prevent wild and feral animals using the water source from wandering into your livestock and crop paddocks.
- Fires, floods, and excess excavation can create biosecurity risks.
- These issues often give pests and weeds an opportunity to become established and allow feral animals to enter your property.
- Waratah fencing can help reduce the risk of biosecurity hazards when this destruction occurs.
- Waratah fencing does not need excavation to be installed (unlike timber posts).
- Waratah fencing is fire resistant, which means if a fire comes through the property your fence will still be standing, and feral animals are less likely to enter your property.
- Waratah flood posts have been specifically designed to minimise the destruction to fence lines caused by flooding, by leaving your fencing standing.
- Using correct livestock fencing can also prevent your livestock from going near the water source while flooding is occuring.
- Unauthorised access to your property by both people and and vehicles can create a biosecurity risk.
- Visitors can often carry diseases, pests and weeds on their boots, clothes, personal effects and vehicles, especially those who have visited other properties recently.
- Having a good boundary fence is a great preventative measure to stop people wandering or camping on your property without permission.
- Fencing off production areas can ensure people don't enter those areas without express permission and signing in, which can help retrace and track their steps should any issues arise.
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