Animal Health Australia (AHA) is the trusted and independent national animal health body in Australia, bringing together government and industry to deliver animal health and biosecurity. With our members we scan the horizon for threats and opportunities, advocate for and drive solutions and take a whole-of-sector approach to ensure the long-term success of Australia’s animal health and biosecurity system.
Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. The purpose of PHA is for government and industry to have a strong biosecurity partnership that minimises pest impacts on Australia, enhances market access and contributes to industry and community sustainability.
2021 Scholarship winner
Claire Petterson from Collingullie, New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA).
Through her research, Claire will investigate global biosecurity practices that can be implemented in hay production businesses to increase profitability and sustainability for the industry.
Claire manages the family commercial hay and beef cattle farm in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Primarily a small square bale lucerne and teff hay enterprise, they also run 60 Hereford and Angus cross breeding cattle across the 300-hectare property.
Aware of the significant threat exotic and endemic pests and diseases pose to Australian hay growers, Claire is passionate about mitigating production loss risk through best-practice biosecurity measures.
“Through my research, I plan on investigating global biosecurity measures designed to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms including diseases, weeds, pests and animals,” Claire said.
“The potential impact of these threats on production and profitability for hay producers is extensive. Sold both domestically and exported, it’s critical that the hay industry is preventing and effectively managing biosecurity risk on-farm to maintain Australia’s product integrity and market access.
“Biosecurity is more important than ever. Australian hay producers must be at the forefront of biosecurity to both protect and enhance Australia’s reputation as a safe, clean supplier.”
Claire will investigate biosecurity practices, production methods and climatic influences on the establishment and spread of pests and diseases in hay across the United States, South Africa, France, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.
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