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On-farm biosecurity – there’s an app for that

It might not be as entertaining or addictive as some apps, but the new FarmBiosecurity smartphone app will help take your biosecurity planning to the next level.

Available for both Apple and Android devices, the FarmBiosecurity app is a free tool that allows livestock and crop producers to create their own personalised biosecurity plan.

Alison Saunders, National Manager Horticulture at Plant Health Australia, says that the app is framed around the six biosecurity essentials.

“If you are wondering how to implement biosecurity measures on-farm, the six essentials are a good place to start. The app is based on the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner, so no matter how you prefer to do business, you will be able to create a plan and get started,” said Ms Saunders.

Creating a biosecurity plan on the app is easy. Simply select the actions that apply to you or type in your own actions. Your selections then become a to-do list that you can share with others or email to yourself and print out.

Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia’s Executive Manager Biosecurity and Product Integrity Services, said that FarmBiosecurity was a great resource for producers on the go.

“The app is easy to use and allows producers to take their biosecurity plan with them wherever they go, even if there is no internet access. Users can also create as many plans as they like, which is helpful for those who have multiple properties or production areas.

“Photos can also be attached as reminders for later actions or to let others know what activities need to be done. And, if you happen to spot anything unusual while you’re out and about, the emergency hotline numbers for both plant and livestock producers are just a tap away,” Mr Rowland said.

To download the FarmBiosecurity app, simply search for ‘FarmBiosecurity’ in the App store or Google Play. Those with a Windows-based smartphone will also be catered for, with a Windows-ready version of the app coming soon.

For more information and instructions on how to use the app, go to www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/FarmBiosecurity-app

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