Head-on with ticks in the area

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE -

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.”

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