Hello from Inca Pearce
Congratulations – what a win! If you haven’t heard, South Australian vineyard owners are being celebrated on a national stage for their biosecurity efforts over the past 117 years.
Vinehealth Australia was nominated for a 2017 Australian Biosecurity Industry Award, presented by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and I was thrilled to accept the award on your behalf in Canberra last week.
Why is it your award? Well, it’s a celebration of the commitment and vision of growers in South Australia to establish the Phylloxera Act under which we operate. And it demonstrates your continued commitment to supporting it 117 years later. See below for more info about the award.
You should have received a couple of eye-catching posters in the mail recently. These biosecurity posters are part of our focus on raising awareness of farm-gate hygiene. Put them up in your office, shed or lunchroom, start conversations about biosecurity and make sure you can tick off the 10 hygiene practices on your property.
As always, we welcome and encourage your feedback.
CEO Vinehealth Australia
P.S. In response to a recent question: Rootstocks used commercially in Australia are considered to vary in their resistance or tolerance to different phylloxera strains.
phylloxera tolerant rootstocks are those on which phylloxera can feed, reproduce and cause root galling (nodosities). Phylloxera resistant rootstocks are those on which phylloxera cannot develop to the adult stage so there is no egg production and no gall production.