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Beyond the Bale : December 2011
29 selling more wool 29 on-Farm December 2011 Beyond the Bale anational PestSmart Roadshow will promote the PestSmart toolkit and new pest animal control products. The Roadshow is being run in conjunction with the Invasive Animals CRC’s industry partners: AWI, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The Roadshow will showcase best practice pest animal management practices, brought to you by the species experts. It will also directly demonstrate the use and benefits of pest animal control products to farmers and other land managers. New products will also be covered, including the following: For WILD DoGs anD FoXes: PAPP baits, Blue-HealerTM antidote, M-44 ejectors and Lethal Trap Devices. For raBBIts: Carbon monoxide fumigator and freeze-dried Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease for carrots. The Roadshow will visit every state and territory in the first half of 2012. Mark the date in your calendar now! Venue details will be announced shortly. Pestsmart roaDsHoW caLenDar JanuarY 2012 Monday 30th – Queanbeyan, NSW (National Launch) FeBruarY 2012 Wednesday 1st – Forbes, NSW Friday 3rd – Albury, NSW Tuesday 7th – Naracoorte, SA Wednesday 8th – Horsham, Vic Friday 10th – Mildura, Vic Tuesday 14th – Port Augusta, SA Thursday 16th – Port Lincoln, SA Monday 20th – Carnarvon, WA Wednesday 22nd – Kojonup, WA Friday 24th – Esperance, WA Tuesday 28th – Bourke, NSW marcH 2012 Wednesday 14th – Charleville, Qld Friday 16th – Toowoomba, Qld Tuesday 20th – Armidale, NSW aPrIL 2012 Tuesday 17th – Bairnsdale, Vic maY 2012 Tuesday 1st – Townsville, Qld While no Roadshows are planned for Tasmania, PestSmart will be travelling to AgFest 2012 near Launceston in May. Some information on other pest animals including mice, cane toads and camels will also be produced. In total, pest animals cost the Australian economy over $744 million every year. The PestSmart toolkit is funded under the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. WHat Is In tHe Pestsmart tooLKIt? The PestSmart toolkit will focus on strategic planning, management and control of key agricultural pest animals. The toolkit includes: l General information. Pest animal fact sheets, distribution maps, image gallery l management information. ‘ How- to’ guides, best practice guidelines, program case studies, decision support tools l Policy and planning information. Regional plans, policy documents, risk assessments l other information. Technical reports, product brochures, videos, journal articles More information: All PestSmart toolkit publications are available online at www.feral.org.au/pestsmart. Users can browse the information based on pest animal species of interest, or information relevant to different groups of people (land managers, regional/NRM managers, policy makers). FoXes Foxes were originally introduced to mainland Australia in the 1850s for recreational hunting and spread rapidly. Today, they are abundant in all states and territories except Tasmania, where they are still at low density. Foxes are opportunistic predators and scavengers and have few natural predators in Australia. Red foxes pose a threat to livestock, as they prey on lambs, kids and poultry. In high density areas they may also be a health risk to humans and pets, through transmission of diseases such as distemper, parvo virus and mange. Evidence suggests red foxes are a primary cause in the decline and extinction of many small and medium-sized rodent and marsupial species in Australia. They also prey on many bird species. PESTSMART ROADSHOWS For more information visit www.feral.org.au/pestsmart or contact suzy Balogh at the Invasive animals crc on 0418 417 943 or firstname.lastname@example.org