Agriculture & Food

BLOODSUCKING intestinal worms, blowflies and lice might sicken some, but one man’s fascination with parasites led to a lifelong career culminating in the world’s first commercial sheep worm vaccine being produced in WA.

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GREAT Southern sheep farmers are facing their toughest year of worm control in more than a decade thanks to widespread summer rains, according to an Albany livestock parasite specialist.

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THOUSANDS of snapshots taken while harvesting canola near Albany last month are hoped to help WA broad-acre croppers control a pest snail species.

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A STUDY of grazing systems on a Bremer Bay farm suggests cropping into perennial pasture could increase livestock production without depleting soil carbon levels.

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RESEARCH into foxes preying on piglets in the Great Southern has revealed some sows are better mothers than others depending on whether or not they protect their offspring from the pests.

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SHEEP can be taught to graze their paddocks more evenly via the use of mineral supplement licks which also entice them to eat the wheat nearby.

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MORE than 20 years after her family planted blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) on their Great Southern property UWA Masters student Sylvia Leighton is trying to determine what effect the trees have had on the region’s soil fertility.

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APPLYING lime to acidic soils may offer a way to improve crops yield and boost soil nutrient availability, according to research in the Wheatbelt.

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SCIENTISTS have used a computer modelling program to determine the benefits of grazing sheep on spring wheat crops instead of pasture.

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WA WINES are being analysed as part of a four-year national project investigating the impact of climate on fruit and wine quality.

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