Head-on with ticks in the area
A new grant to battle cattle pests in Northern Australia will be bringing smiles to Tableland graziers.
The $3 million grant was part of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia Project funding round to help fund research being undertaken by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
The three year ProbioTICK project will be aimed at developing a low-cost chemical residue-free, microbial treatment applied to the hide of cattle to provide life-long protection against cattle tick and buffalo fly.
Millaa Millaa grazier Graham Elmes said it was a good concept and had come at the right time to help graziers especially those living on the Tablelands.
“It is another mechanism to manage the pests. Pests are building resistance to chemicals and these two can do damage to cattle particularly on the Tablelands,” he said.
“It’s been a long time since research has been done on pests and this project could save graziers chemical costs.”