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Everyday biosecurity practices help reduce the risk

Everyday Biosecurity Practices Help Reduce The Risk

Key Points  
  • Biosecurity should be an everyday farm practice  
  • Simple, low-cost measures can prevent pests and disease from establishing on your farm 
  • If you spot anything unusual, know how to report and contain it. 

While the current Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Indonesia has focussed our attention on emerging biosecurity issues, biosecurityshould really be an everyday farm management practice.  

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Upskilling – What Can It Add to Your Business?

Key points 
  • Standing still is not an option in today's world  
  • Changes will happen whether we are ready or not 
  • Improvement in our farming systems can't happen in isolation  
  • New ideas come from being connected to peers and experts. 

We all know that change is an inevitable part of life and running a successful business. As author Louise Penny said, "Life is change. If you aren't growing and evolving, you're standing still, and the rest of the world is surging ahead".  

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AgTech – The Future Is Exciting!

Key points 
  • AgTech includes everything from internet-connected sensors to software and advanced robotics  
  • AgTech can provide data insights that help with decision-making.  
  • Any AgTech investment must be worthwhile and not create more problems than it solves 
What is AgTech? 

Many people get overwhelmed when they think of AgTech. AgTech is a catch-all term that describes technological solutions that aim to improve yield, efficiency and profitability in agriculture (i.e. that make life easier). 

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Grazing Young Forage Crops; Things To Look Out For

Key points 
  • Introduce stock slowly to grazing cereal and canola/brassica crops  
  • Feed test to know the quality of your crop 
  • Avoid nutrient imbalances when grazing young crops by providing a mineral/salt lick and roughage 
  • Know the signs of nutrient-related animal health disorders. 

While some farmers have already started grazing winter forage crops, some later-sown crops will only be ready for grazing now. Cereals are ready to be grazed when they have developed secondary roots and are well anchored, usually around the 3-leaf stage.  

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