DAF ad­dresses In­dian couch is­sue

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

IN­DIAN COUCH in­va­sion and pas­ture dieback are im­pact­ing large ar­eas of pre­vi­ously very pro­duc­tive cen­tral Queens­land pas­tures and the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries is keen to work with gra­ziers to ad­dress the is­sue.

While th­ese prob­lems are not new to the area, their in­creas­ing ex­tent and sever­ity is caus­ing ma­jor con­cern across the graz­ing in­dus­try. DAF pas­ture sci­en­tists and beef ex­ten­sion staff will con­duct two pro­ducer fo­rums in March to dis­cuss In­dian couch and pas­ture dieback, its ex­tent and how to ad­dress the trend.

“We are run­ning th­ese events due to the con­cerns pro­duc­ers have about pro­duc­tiv­ity losses as a re­sult of In­dian couch in­va­sion and pas­ture dieback,” DAF beef ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer Carly John­stone said.

The free com­mu­nity fo­rums will be held at Biloela DAF con­fer­ence room on Tues­day March 7 and Moura Tav­ern on Wed­nes­day March 8, from 8.30am-3.30pm.

Please reg­is­ter on­line https://gra­zier­fo­rum.eventbrite.com.au or con­tact Carly John­stone on 0467 801 673 or carly. john­stone@daf.qld.gov.au.

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