30 Aug 2017

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed the presence of Hendra virus infection in an unvaccinated horse near Murwillumbah. Horse owners are now urged to be vigilant and encouraging them to discuss a Hendra virus vaccination strategy with their veterinarian. This has been a second confirmed case of Hendra in NSW this year, following a Hendra virus infection in an unvacc...

28 Aug 2017

Monitoring plays a big role in the incursion or outbreak of a regionalised pest or disease. Vigilant monitoring allows you to detect and eradicate any threats that would, later on, may have a big effect on your crops and products. Read an excerpt of the article from farmbiosecurity.au.com website. Three recent pest incursions have highlighted the benefits of early detection in containin...

25 Aug 2017

Farmers and farm business managers may now take this opportunity to enrich their skills in farm business planning and management, including risk management. QSBC will be offering the AHCSS00030 Farm Business Management Skill Set in Gatton. The schedule for the course offering is on November 14, December 15, January 16, February 12, March 12, and April 14. Sessions are available for bot...

23 Aug 2017

A new research paper has been published in the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) site. This paper discusses the role of VET in developing entrepreneurship has experienced increasing attention internationally. This research draws together international literature on teaching and learning for entrepreneurialism with the goal of informing potential Australian develop...

21 Aug 2017

Red imported fire ants (fire ants) have been detected in Lowood in the Brisbane Valley. According to Biosecurity Queensland’s National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program Director, Geoff Kent, there were 10 nests found on vacant land in Lowood, outside of the current fire ant biosecurity zone. The detection was discovered and confirmed to be fire ants by officers through routine ...

30 Jan 2017

From 1 February 2017, children under the age of 8 are prohibited from being carried as passengers on quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles being used on a road, as well as any child of any age if they are unable to sit with their feet flat on the floor and hands on handholds. Additionally, as of 1 February 2017 the requirement for the operator of a quad bike or utility off-road veh...

30 Jan 2017

A North Queensland farm business which used quad bikes to muster cattle has been fined $125,000 following the 2013 death of a 21-year-old female worker. Employed as a station hand who also assisted with mustering, the inexperienced worker was not wearing a helmet when she came off the quad bike and sustained fatal head injuries. Head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Dr Si...

11 Jan 2017

Farmers across the country have been urged to heed a landmark recent court decision about quad bikes which resulted in a Tasmanian farmer being ordered to pay $12 million in compensation to an employee who was injured during a quad bike incident. The Supreme Court decision means the law is now more clear on what farmers are expected to do with quad bikes on farms, with an employer gro...