Sign of the times for biosecurity
2 September 2016
Grain farmers can help protect their enterprise and remind all visitors to follow farm biosecurity procedures with a free biosecurity sign on their front gate or fence.
Agriculture Victoria Grains Industry Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, said to help grain and mixed producers implement farm biosecurity, starting at the front gate, free biosecurity signs were available from the department's office at Epsom. Alternatively, signs can be posted.
"It is important that all visitors to farming properties are mindful and respectful of a farmer's biosecurity procedures," Mr Moran said.
"The unauthorised entry onto a property by people, vehicles and equipment can spread weed seeds, pests and diseases. It is irresponsible and avoidable but the risk can be mitigated if the landowner is contacted prior to entry. These biosecurity signs remind visitors to do that," he said.
Producers can collect a free sign and learn more about farm biosecurity by obtaining the latest information to help boost farm biosecurity from the 'Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers', an excellent booklet for stored grain biosecurity. Thousands of signs have already been distributed and Mr Moran also said that faded signs should be replaced to keep the message clear.
The biosecurity gate sign and 'Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers' are available free of charge on request by contacting Jim Moran on (03) 5430 4479.
The manual and other biosecurity information can also be downloaded from the Plant Health Australia website.
For more information contact Agriculture Victoria Grains Industry Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran on 0418 377 930 or email email@example.com.
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