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Biosecurity concerns on WA pastoral leases as travellers hunt for gold and wildflowers

Travellers to outback Western Australia in search of gold or wildflowers have been urged to consider the biosecurity risk they may pose to livestock properties. Key points: There are increased biosecurity concerns after the discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in Bali Pastoralists are appealing for people to consider their biosecurity risk before travelling The WA government […]

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Australia bans personal meat imports in response to foot-and-mouth disease spread

Australia has banned individuals from importing meat from 70 countries where foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been detected. Key points: The individual import ban is now in effect A widespread outbreak of FMD would cost an estimated $80 billion over 10 years The Agriculture Minister says the government will consider harsher penalties for those caught breaking […]

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LIVE: Australian Agriculture Minister announces first National Biosecurity Strategy | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

LIVE: Australian Agriculture Minister announces first National Biosecurity Strategy | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Australia builds its first biosecurity plan amid growing disease, pest risk  Sydney Morning Herald Qld plans livestock biosecurity task force  Mandurah Mail Agriculture Minister to release first National Biosecurity Strategy as disease threat looms  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

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WA opposition slams McGowan government’s plan to use emergency personnel to stop FMD outbreaks

The WA opposition says plans to deploy police and firefighters to combat potential outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease will heap pressure on already overstretched emergency services. Key points: Emergency services workers may be deployed if the disease enters WA The opposition has called for personnel to be deployed from other areas The agriculture minister apologised for her comments on […]

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Foot-and-mouth disease threat prompts Melbourne Zoo to restrict access to elephants, giraffes and kangaroos

Melbourne Zoo will restrict visitor access to the giraffes, elephants and kangaroos amid fears of a potential foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Australia. Key points: An FMD outbreak could devastate Australia’s livestock industry Visitors to Melbourne and Werribee zoos and Healesville Sanctuary will have limited access to elephants and giraffes The Victorian Farmers Federation wants animals banned from this […]

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Foot-and-mouth disease risk prompts cattle breeders to consider freezing sperm and eggs to protect bloodlines

The threat of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has prompted Australia’s $32 billion red meat sector to consider freezing cattle semen and eggs to use in future breeding programs to protect their bloodlines.   Key points: The red meat sector is considering mitigating the risk of an exotic disease incursion by freezing genetics FMD was found in Indonesia in May and […]

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Anthony Albanese refuses to close border to Indonesia over trade impacts despite concerns over foot and mouth disease

The Albanese Government is adamant Australia’s strong biosecurity will stop the incursion of foot and mouth disease that has rapidly spread across Indonesia. Viral fragments of the deadly animal disease – which threatens to cripple the livestock industry in Australia at a cost of $80 billion over the next decade – were found in imported […]

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