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Pest and weeds targeted

22 May, 2012 02:59 PM

Valuable research and management options about rabbits, wild dogs, feral pigs, parthenium, African lovegrass, lantana and giant rat’s tail grass, will be under the spotlight in the Condamine, Burnett/Mary and SEQ Catchments Targeting Pest and Weed Series, 18 – 28 June 2012.

All district primary producers and community stakeholders are invited to attend one of the nine information sessions, which target key local pest and weed issues.

Hosted by AgForce Queensland and Conservation Farmers Inc with presenters from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Biosecurity Queensland unit and Animal Control Technologies Australia, the information sessions aim to combine latest scientific research and relevant landholder management options.

Organiser AgForce South East regional manager, Sarah Due, said invasive plants and pest animals had significant economic, environmental and social impacts on broadacre farming.

“We welcome funding from Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative (through the Regional Landcare Facilitator Program) and the Burnett Catchment Care Association, to run such an extensive and informative educational program on a very broad range of pests and weeds.”

“AgForce leads the way on empowering Queensland producers to manage pests and weeds and reduce the economic impacts to their enterprises,” Ms Due said.

Ms Due said throughout the Condamine, Burnett/Mary and SEQ Catchments, wild dogs, feral pigs and weed management were key landholder issues.

“For instance, wild dogs cost the livestock industry an estimated $66 million a year in killed and mauled stock and their distribution and the impact is predicted to worsen,” she said.

“Weeds of National Significance also post a significant risk to agriculture and grazing land, because of their invasiveness, potential for further spread and their economic, environmental and social impacts.”

The Targeting Pest and Weed Series information days will be held:

  • Monday 18 June: Monto. 2 - 7pm. Colonial Motor Inn, 6 Thomson Street, Monto
  • Tuesday 19 June: Eidsvold. 10am - 3pm. RM Williams centre, A3 Australia's Country Way. Eidsvold
  • Wednesday 20 June: Gayndah. 10am - 3 pm. Brian Pastures Research Station, 829 Brian Pastures Rd, Gayndah
  • Thursday 21 June: Gympie. 10am - 3 pm. Mary River Motor Inn, cnr Oak Street & Bruce Highway, Gympie
  • Friday 22 June: Kingaroy. 10am - 3pm. Kingaroy Research Station, Goodger Road
  • Monday 25 June: Durong. 10am - 3pm. Durong Hall, 8940 Wondai-Chinchilla Road
  • Tuesday 26 June: Jandowae. 10am - 3pm. Jandowae Community and Culture Centre, High Street
  • Wednesday 27 June: Toogoolawah. 10am - 3pm. Toogoolawah Showgrounds, Ivory Creek Road
  • Thursday 28 June: Boonah. 10am - 3pm. Boonah Cultural Centre, 3 High Street
  • Presenters include:

  • Rabbits – Biosecurity Queensland senior zoologist Dr David Berman (Toowoomba). Dr Berman helped establish the RabbitScan project, which maps the distribution and abundance of rabbits in Australia to efficiently plan control programs. He also works on landholder-driven, scientifically monitored rabbit control programs such as “Monitoring rabbit control on Bulloo Downs” and working with the Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board to measure rabbit control benefits to biodiversity and agriculture.
  • Wild Dogs – Biosecurity Queensland senior zoologist Dr Lee Allen (Toowoomba). Dr Allen is a wild dog research specialist, whose extensive work has covered baiting strategies, monitoring wild dog movements using satellite transmitters & more recently, an evaluation of guardian animals (i.e. Maremmas). Recent research and new technologies to better control wild dogs will be discussed.
  • Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) – National Coordinator Craig Magnussen (Biosecurity Queensland, Warwick) will introduce the 12 new WoNS with a focus on those impacting or likely to impact on the Burnett and SEQ Catchments. These weeds have recently been added to the list of the worst weeds in Australia because of their invasiveness, potential for further spread and their economic, environmental and social impacts. He will also cover identification and management information on other locally important weeds. Kevin Charlesworth (regional Landcare facilitator, Condamine Catchment) will address Chilean needle grass.
  • Feral Pigs - Animal Control Technologies Australia sales & customer relations manager, Jamie Dennison (Brisbane). Jamie has more than 25 years’ experience in the agricultural industry in both New Zealand and Australia and works closely with the Invasive Animal CRC. Jamie will talk about the increase in pig numbers and the loss of valuable production land from these animals. Jamie will introduce the new feral pig baiting station “HOGHOPPER” and explain how this helps protect non- target species and animal production. He will give an update on the development of sodium nitrite and the current trials.

    There will also be presentations from Landcare/Conservation Farmers Incorporated, AgForce, NRM organisations and Regional Councils.

    For catering purposes please RSVP to Lyn Butler on 0749 276 100 or email butlerl@agforceqld.org.au

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