A CRESSY abattoir employee, a Launceston beekeeper and Huon Aquaculture owners are three of six national Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards finalists.
The award is split into two categories - plant and animal - and is about raising awareness of biosecurity in the production sector.
Chris Cocker and his wife, Shelley, of Evandale, were nominated for their dedication to educating fellow sheep farmers about avoiding and managing diseases.
They, along with Huon Aquaculture managers Peter and Frances Bender are two of the three animal category finalists, while beekeeper Lindsay Bourke is the only Tasmanian finalist in the plant section.
Mr Cocker said he was shocked to be a finalist when he thought its biosecurity program was quite simple.
The program operates at Cressy-based abattoir Tasmanian Quality Meats, at which Mr Cocker is quality assurance manager, and sees farmers invited to see what happens on site.
Mr Cocker said farmers were co-ordinated in small groups to get feedback on their carcasses.
He said they could find out things like whether the sheep had measles.
"Then it means the farmer needs to worm his dogs," Mr Cocker said.
Or if the carcass is too light, it could mean the lamb had liver fluke.
Animal Health Australia executive manager Duncan Rowland said Mr and Mrs Cocker had been great biosecurity advocates and were good contenders for the award. He said the fact that two out of three animal section finalists were Tasmanian showed DPIPWE was getting out the biosecurity message.
The winner of the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards will be announced in Melbourne on September 12.
The other finalists in the animal section are Richard and Jacquie Halliday, of South Australia, while other finalists in the plant section are Ron Creagh, of Western Australia and Clinton Southern, of Queensland.