Ex­pert pays fly­ing visit to fight pest

The Advocate (Perth) - - LET'S EAT -

THE Shire of Gin­gin is sup­port­ing the visit of renowned in­ter­na­tional sta­ble fly ex­pert David Tay­lor this month.

The Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment will host Dr Tay­lor, a re­search en­to­mol­o­gist at the US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in Lin­coln, Nebraska.

He has been work­ing on sta­ble fly re­search since 1994 and will speak to in­dus­try and com­mu­nity groups, as well as depart­ment staff. Dr Tay­lor will work closely with depart­ment en­to­mol­o­gist David Cook.

Depart­ment de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Don Telfer said Dr Tay­lor’s visit was timely to re­mind pro­duc­ers to have a plan in place to man­age sta­ble fly.

“Sta­ble fly is a de­clared pest in WA and can be a se­ri­ous pest of live­stock around an­i­mal en­clo­sures, sta­bles, feed­lots and pad­docks or pas­tures from spring through to late au­tumn,” Mr Telfer said.

“As the spring weather warms up, pro­duc­ers are re­minded to prop­erly dis­pose of ma­te­rial ideal for sta­ble fly to lay eggs in, such as rot­ting veg­etable crop residues, an­i­mal ma­nures, spilled and wet grain feed and rot­ting hay.

“Sta­ble fly is a com­mu­nity prob­lem and all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity can make a dif­fer­ence.”

Dr Tay­lor will be in WA from Oc­to­ber 30 to Novem­ber 13. The WA Broiler Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is also sup­port­ing the visit.

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