Weeds in fodder
At this time of the year as feed is drying off, thoughts turn to buying feed off farm. This can also be a very easy way to introduce weeds from other areas.
Many weeds can be toxic to cattle and out compete natural pasture. The control of weeds in Queensland is costing an estimated $600 million annually.
‘Reducing weed risks from fodder’ is a new guide aimed at increasing awareness of weed risks associated with fodder use in Queensland. It highlights tools which can be used to help assess weed risks, along with strategies for reducing weed risks associated with fodder. The guide, funded by the Australian Government National Landcare Programme, can be downloaded from the Queensland Government publications website. AgForce also distributes hard copies of this guide at Field Days throughout the state.
The new ‘Weed Spotter App’ allows you to email photographs of plants to the Queensland Herbarium for identification. It has been developed to support the Weed Spotters Network, a joint project between the Queensland Herbarium, Biosecurity Queensland and local governments with funding support from the Land Protection Fund. The Weed Spotter app is now available for Android smartphones via the Google Play Store.
For further information and resources on weeds see the Queensland Government website, phone Council’s Natural Resource Management team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email email@example.com.
Information courtesy of the Queensland Government website.