The implementation of farm-gate hygiene practices to your vineyard is about minimising the chance of introducing and/or spreading pests and diseases which may adversely affect your greatest asset, your vines. Vinehealth Australia is working to develop a user-friendly farm-gate hygiene toolkit to enable growers to integrate best practice farm-gate hygiene into day-to-day operations, including enhanced awareness of updated protocols to ensure disinfestation techniques are carried out effectively.
Top 10 farm-gate hygiene practices
Awareness of best practice farm-gate hygiene can stop the spread of pests and diseases, including phylloxera. These practices will ensure you do your bit to keep your own vines as well as our industry, safe.
How do you rate against our top 10 practices?
Vinehealth Australia has produced a range of eye-catching posters available for printing, aimed at asking you if you can tick the ten biosecurity best practice farm-gate hygiene practices.
New farm-gate hygiene protocols
One of the top 10 farm-gate hygiene practices is to ensure all people who come onto your property disinfest their footwear upon entry and exit in accordance with the Footwear and Small Hand
Tool Disinfestation Protocol. This protocol has been recently revised through the recent completion of peer-reviewed research improving our understanding of how individual endemic phylloxera strains react to sodium hypochlorite – our traditional footbath disinfestant. Now, footwear and small hand tools must be immersed for a minimum of 60 seconds in a 2% sodium hypochlorite solution, with no rising after immersion, to ensure disinfestation. Download this Protocol here: