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Beyond the Bale : June 2013
on-farm 32 on-farm anew App produced by the Invasive Animals CRC will help woolgrowers combat Australia’s worst pest animals. The ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia’ App is the first of its kind in Australia, providing iPhone and iPad users with information about 31 of Australia’s worst pest animals including wild dogs, foxes, rabbits and feral pigs. Users who download the App can access the information in any location and at any time, making it a highly practical tool for use in the field. The App contains detailed species descriptions; photo galleries of animals, footprints, tracks and droppings; and audio calls – making it a lot easier to quickly identify pest animals in your local area. It also contains the PestSmart Toolkits, maps, control techniques and quick links to plenty of useful pest control resources for vertebrate pest species in Australia. The App will be useful for a range of stakeholders including farmers, land managers, Landcare groups, students, school teachers, universities, local councils, pest controllers, wildlife enthusiasts and the general public. The App can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store. The App is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Invasive Animals CRC is looking at developing an Android version in the near future. The App is already proving very popular, with more than 3000 people downloading the App within three weeks of it being released. The Invasive Animals CRC welcomes feedback from App users to make future versions of the App even more useful. Email firstname.lastname@example.org New App to help combat pest animals June 2013 BeYoNd the BaLe The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (www.invasiveanimals.com) and its partners including AWI (www.wool.com/ pestanimals) publish a range of guides and tools on practical rabbit control. Pestsmart toolkit for rabbits This toolkit includes: Managing rabbits (glovebox guide) Planning landscape-scale rabbit control (report) Using RHDV for rabbit control (fact sheet) Poison baiting for rabbit control (fact sheet) Warren and harbour destruction (fact sheet) Fumigation for rabbit control (fact sheet) Warren ripping on Thackaringa Station, NSW (case study) TOOLS AND INFOrMATION FOr PrACTICAL CONTrOL OF rABBITS Effective rabbit control in pine-buloke woodlands (case study) Rabbit control in the Flinders Ranges (case study) For free copies of these resources, visit www.feral.org.au/pestsmart/rabbits Pestsmart Youtube channel Video clips with practical instructions on a range of pest animal control methods: Baiting with a baitlayer Warren ripping Fumigation with phostoxin Fumigation with carbon monoxide View the videos at www.youtube.com/ PestSmart rabbitscan A community website that allows you to map and record sightings of rabbits, the damage they are causing, and control activities in your local area. Record your rabbit sightings online at www.feralscan.org.au/ rabbitscan aWI rabbit advisory group The AWI Rabbit Advisory Group (ARAG) was established in 2007 to provide strategic advice on rabbit research, development and extension investments. The ARAG is made up of four pastoral and high rainfall zone producer members who work with AWI to guide future investment into sustainable options to control and manage rabbits. Alongside its Chairman David Lord from Broken Hill, NSW, its members are Geoff Power from Orroroo, South Australia; Susan Campbell from the Byawatha Hills of Victoria; and Angus Gibson from Goulburn, NSW. the ‘field guide to Pest animals of australia’ app is available for use on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.