Diseases, pests and weeds can enter a farm and be spread by equipment and vehicles, either directly or in plant material, soil or manure.Diseases, pests and weeds can enter a farm and be spread by equipment and vehicles, either directly or in plant material, soil or manure.
It is important to maintain equipment hygiene and ensure all vehicles that visit your property are clean and well maintained.
Knowing who has entered your property allows possible sources of diseases, pests or weeds to be tracked. Also, limiting the number of vehicle access points to your property will limit the potential disease, pest and weed entry sites and allow you to monitor these areas closely.
Some easy tips to follow include:
Limit the number of entry and exit points (one is preferable).Examine each vehicle entry and exit point for the risk they pose, particularly in relation to the distance from livestock and crops.Display biosecurity signs, with clear instructions and contact details, at all vehicle access points.Clearly sign and lock restricted access areas.Keep a visitor register.Vehicle tyres, undercarriages, grills, floors and trays can carry diseases, pests and weeds in soil, plant material and manure.Ensure visitor vehicles are clean and are parked in a designated area away from livestock or crops.Establish a vehicle high pressure wash down facility well away from livestock and crops to clean vehiclesand equipment which need to enter the property.The wash down area should have a sump to collect any waste water.Ensure any run off is directed away from livestock pens, paddocks, crops and waterways.Regularly check areas around the wash down facility for new pests or weeds.Keep an up to date equipment and vehicle cleaning record.Clean machinery from the top down and dismantle it as far as possible to gain access to internal spaces.Clean and disinfect all borrowed or second-hand machinery before using it on your property.Follow any wash down with a broad spectrum disinfectant. This will further reduce the risk of introducing less visible threats like bacteria, viruses, and spores onto your property.Almost anything moved onto your property can be a potential source of pests and diseases. To reduce the biosecurity risks to your property monitor animals or plant materials that enter the property.For more information on protecting your property visit the Farm Biosecurity website at 梧桐夜网farmbiosecurity南京夜网419论坛 or the Biosecurity Tasmania website at 梧桐夜网dpipwe.tas.gov419论坛/biosecurity
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