Top 10 Farm-gate hygiene activities
Best practice farm-gate hygiene can prevent diseases, weeds and pests including phylloxera, from coming onto your property. Vinehealth Australia has compiled the top 10 farm-gate hygiene activities in this handy fact sheet, to assist you in your biosecurity practices. How many can you tick off?
Biosecurity Planning for Hosting Visitors
Are you making real efforts to manage the negative impacts that visitation can have on the sustainability of your vineyards?
Click here for the Biosecurity Planning for Vineyard Owners Hosting Visitors fact sheet, which provides thorough best practice farm-gate hygiene advice (including handy flowcharts) relevant to hosting individual visitors, small and large groups and major events (such as weddings, Day on the Green, festivals, concerts and sporting events like Tough Mudder).
Some of the farm-gate hygiene practices in this fact sheet are relevant to vineyards in different Phylloxera Management Zones. Ensure you are aware of which Zone your vineyard is in. Refer to Phylloxera Management Zones interactive maps.
One of the farm-gate hygiene practices you have a responsibility to be familiar with is how to setup a footwear disinfestation station and carry out thorough footwear disinfestation. Familiarise yourself with the Footwear and Small Hand Tool Disinfestation Protocol here.
Employing International Staff
Do you employ international staff who will be walking down vine rows?
Click here for the Employing International Staff fact sheet to find out more about what advice you need to provide these visitors both before and after they arrive in Australia, to keep your vineyards safe.
Using the Naracoorte Heat Shed
Machinery and equipment are high risk vectors for spreading weeds, diseases and pests such as phylloxera, as they can carry grapevine material or soil and are especially hard to clean. The only way to ensure machinery and equipment is free of pests, diseases and weeds is to ‘bake it’ in a heat shed.
If you are moving machinery and equipment between the Limestone Coast and other South Australian wine regions, or out of South Australia interstate, best practice is to use the Naracoorte Heat Shed for disinfestation. This will ensure you have eliminated pests, diseases and weeds which could otherwise be transferred between the vineyards your machinery and equipment operates on.
Click here for the Using the Naracoorte Heat Shed factsheet for answers to frequently asked questions relating to use of this heat shed.