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Weeds, Pests & Diseases

Tasmania's island advantage - clean and green produce and the unique biodiversity - depend on keeping introduced pests and diseases out of the State.

Through effective quarantine barrier services and a range of pest management, disease control and response programs, Tasmania's sustainable agricultural and fisheries industries are protected, along with the unique flora and fauna.

Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania webpage to be kept informed on biosecurity issues of relevance to specific agricultural and fishing industries.  Check out: -

  • Biosecurity Tasmania Enews - a quarterly summary of biosecurity issues of relevance to Tasmania;
  • Alerts to any significant new disease, pest or weed risk and;
  • Advice of any significant changes to biosecurity legislation, protocols or other requirements (ie quarantine rules, animal or plant health legislation, animal welfare legislation etc)

 


Animal Diseases

With all animal and poultry diseases, early diagnosis is most important. These links provide some information on various animal and poultry diseases.

Plant diseases & pests

Provides information on plant diseases and identification.

Weed management

Comprehensive information on weeds, their identification and best methods of control.

IPM strategies for combatting weevils in apple orchards

Identification, control options and monitoring of weevils in apple orchards.

LiceBoss

LiceBoss is a computerised decision support system that helps woolgrowers estimate the probability of lice infestation, estimate the degree of wool loss and offer suggestions on available chemicals and expected residue levels.

NFF Farm Facts 2012

National Farmers Federation (NFF) Farm Facts 2012

Ragwort Alert

Be on the lookout for Ragwort - a declared weed in Tasmania.
  Links (FarmPoint is not responsible for the content of the websites linked to below. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.)

Animal health cost-benefit calculator (MLA)

The Animal Health cost-benefit calculator has been developed to help you work out the benefit of applying an animal health treatment to your herd for bloat, clostridial diseases and grass tetany.

Bovine Pestivirus in Tasmania

Information on Bovine Pestivirus including diagnostics, risks and management information.

Crop Protection Permits and Regulations (DPIPWE)

Crop Protection Permits (CPP) are issued to landowners and land managers who need to control or prevent browsing damage by wildlife species.

Education and Extension Tools for Wool-Growers (AWI)

Woolgrowers can access a suite of online sheep health, welfare and productivity and enterprise profitability tools, based industry research and benchmarks, and supported by industry experts.

FlyBoss

Useful information about treating flystrike in sheep. Includes longer term management options to reduce the overall risk.

Horse Welfare in Tasmania

A recent outbreak of EHV1 in Tasmanian homebred mares where over 30% were affected, including one death and several abortions, reminds Tasmanian horse owners to be aware of this disease.

Integrated Pest & Disease Management (IPDM) for Tasmanian apples (PIPS project)

The PIPS Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) program is tackling 3 significant issues facing apple producers: Codling Moth, Woolly Apple Aphid and Apple Blackspot (apple scab).

Invasive Species in Tasmania - current programs and alerts

The Invasive Species Branch (ISB) has lead responsibility for terrestrial vertebrate invasive animals and all declared weeds in Tasmania. A number of new and emerging threats, as well as established invasive species, will be targeted by the ISB.

LiceBoss (AWI)

LiceBoss is a computerised decision support system that helps woolgrowers estimate the probability of lice infestation, estimate the degree of wool loss and offer suggestions on available chemicals and expected residue levels.

Managing Wildlife Browsing and Grazing Losses in Tasmania

Information on how to determine and implement an effective wildlife management strategy, and outlines the wildlife control methods available, including wallaby fencing.

Pest and disease outbreaks (Aust Gov)

Access to local, state and national information on responses to outbreaks of animal and plant pests and diseases.

Pest Genie

Pest Genie is a database specialising in information about plant protection and animal health products

Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2014

The Plant Biosecurity Manual has been developed to ensure that imported plants and plant products do not pose a threat to Tasmania's primary industries, natural environment, and public health.

Recreational Game Licences in Tasmania

Recreational game licences authorise the taking of game, i.e. deer, wild duck, mutton-bird (non-commercial), wallaby (non-commercial), brown quail and pheasant during open seasons. This site contains links to bag limits, application forms, etc.

Sheep Drench - decision guide for Tasmania

Sheep drench decision guide for Tasmania from the national website - wormboss.com.au

Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories

Biosecurity Tasmania Enews – a quarterly summary of biosecurity issues of relevance to Tasmania; alerts to any significant new disease, pest or weed risk and; advice of any significant changes to biosecurity legislation, protocols or other requirements (ie quarantine rules, animal or plant health legislation, animal welfare legislation etc)

Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy (2013 to 2017)

The Strategy is a whole-of-Government framework within which biosecurity issues in Tasmania can be addressed in the most efficient and effective way. Co-ordination of biosecurity activities across Tasmania is seen as vital in maintaining the State's strong biosecurity status.

Washdown Guidelines for Weeds and Diseases (DPIPWE)

These guidelines establish a standard for washdown and provide a guide to prescribing its application where codes of practice or other environmental management plans are not in place.