Biosecurity on Farms

The aim of this project was to conduct a national study of livestock producers across a variety of livestock industries to seek an understanding of the level of biosecurity on farms and identify means of encouraging farmers to be more proactive about safeguarding their properties and livestock from disease.

Specifically the project sought to gather the following information:

  • To ascertain whether rural producers regularly check their livestock for emergency or exotic diseases;
  • To establish who producers would contact if a disease outbreak was suspected or if information was sought on an emergency or exotic disease;
  • To ascertain which key influencers/stakeholders livestock producers would go to/talk to if they believed they had usual disease symptoms in their livestock;
  • To ascertain what specific communication 'triggers, tool or activities' would reach them/have them understand what to do if they suspected they had unusual disease symptoms in their livestock; and
  • To ascertain recollection of the dissemination of recent information about emergency or exotic animal diseases.

Related publications

Biosecurity on Farms - Results Summary
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Biosecurity in Rural Communities - Results Summary
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Completed in 2005

Funded by: Animal Health Australia

Contact: The Institute for Rural Futures