Biosecurity

Biosecurity is fundamental for safeguarding our valuable agricultural resources against the threat and impacts of pests, weeds and diseases (pests).

Biosecurity is the management of the risk of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Western Australia, to protect our economy, environment and the community.

To protect Western Australian agricultural industries from pests the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia:

  • Works with stakeholders to identify and manage biosecurity risks.
  • Develops legislation.
  • Establishes import controls.
  • Conducts inspections.
  • Provides quarantine services as required.

To find out more about what we do to protect agricultural production and export opportunities within the State please search our website.

Articles

  • There are multiple causes of infertility, abortion and stillbirths in cows. These include some diseases that are exotic to Western Australia and some zoonotic diseases.

  • This web page provides a summary of the key points about how the Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) applies to Western Australian cattle producers.

  • Mastitis is the term for a bacterial infection of the udder. It is most common in ewes raising multiple lambs or with high milk production.

  • In Western Australia, all owners of livestock are legally required to register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, (DPIRD) Brands Office.

  • Hay that contains annual ryegrass may cause annual ryegrass toxicity (ARGT). Hay can be tested for ARGT risk. The test provides a risk rating for toxicity.

  • Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet in Western Australia now have the opportunity to join a new pilot surveillance network for cattle health that uses a simple SMS sys

  • ‘Calf scours’ is when young calves develop diarrhoea and become dehydrated. The scour can be white, yellow, grey or blood-stained, and is often foul-smelling.

  • There are two forms of footrot in sheep and goats: virulent and benign. They are caused by infection with different strains of the bacterium, Dichelobacter nodosus.

  • Australia is free of scrapie, which is a fatal, progressive, degenerative disease of the central nervous system of sheep and goats.

  • Australia is free of many infectious horse diseases, sparing horse owners from costly disease control. The occurrence of an emergency horse disease could severely restrict horse movements, racing a

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