Weeds & Pests

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Mid Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) will be conducting meetings on Monday, July 20 at Crescent Head and Tuesday, July 21 at Gladstone.

NSW DPI researcher, Guy Ballard, said the chemical para-aminopropriophenone (PAPP) had been chosen by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to address animal welfare issues.

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Weeds are just one of the many challenges that small farmers face.

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The cheapest weed control option is obviously prevention.  There are many practices that we can adopt to ensure we do not introduce weeds onto our property.  There are 6 principles of weed management:

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The NSW Government will spend more than $8.5 million to fight the spread of noxious weeds across the State this financial year, Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald, announced today.

Minister Macdonald said the noxious weeds grants would be allocated to local councils and other weed control authorities to enable them to carry out specific activities above and beyond their normal weed control programs.

“Noxious weeds are an important and costly issue for the State’s agricultural sector and our economy as a whole,” Mr Macdonald said.

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Background to the European Fox

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Lantana control has become high tech with the recent release of a new Decision Support Tool by the Lantana Weeds of National Significance Program.
The new computer-based tool has been designed to assist land managers with tailoring integrated control programs for their properties - promising more cost-effective management outcomes.

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More than 200 Hunter Valley and South Coast farmers recently attended a spring series of field days and workshops promoting pasture management for weed control.

“The more competitive the pasture the lower the weed burden in the long run,” said Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW fireweed project officer, Craig Muir.

I&I beef livestock officer, Ian Blackwood, said improved pasture paid for itself.

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The Cumberland Livestock Health and Pest Authority is set to undertake a broad scale release of rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) across the northern Sydney region in a major effort aimed at reducing the ecological impact of urban rabbit populations.

The release of RHD, also known as rabbit calicivirus, will take place in late February when there is improved likelihood of the virus spreading via flies and mosquitoes.

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Rabbits are a declared pest species in NSW and must be continually suppressed and destroyed in accordance with the Rural Lands Protection Act. There are several available methods of rabbit control that can be undertaken:

1. Fumigation

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A free booklet has just been released, providing information for small farm owners who are having trouble identifying and controlling weeds on their land. The booklet, titled Weed Detection and Control on Small Farms, is the result of two recently completed projects undertaken by the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, and funded by Land & Water Australia.

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