No sale at Warwick saleyards

THERE will be no cattle sale at the Warwick Saleyards on Tuesday, August 11.

Saleyards superintendent Alan Wenham said it would be necessary to close the saleyards on August 11 in order to meet workplace health and safety standards while a new pneumatic draft was constructed.

“We need to do major work on the main draft, on the approach side of the weighbridge, to improve workplace conditions for staff and to improve animal welfare conditions for our vendors and buyers,” Mr Wenham said.

“This will require the removal of all of the existing draft area and some surrounding pens, prior to the modifications being made.”

Inquiries to Alan Wenham on 0407 584 491 or preferred agents.

Bugged farmers find solution

WEIGHTY old 'ute guides' traditionally used by farmers to identify pests and diseases in their crops will soon become obsolete, replaced by new electronic pocket technology.

“The electronic guide was developed by Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) and Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ),” Member for Ipswich Wayne Wendt said.

“For any farmer an outbreak of a pest or disease in their crop can be an expensive problem which, unless dealt with quickly, can result in substantial losses in yield and profitability.

“For years farmers kept weighty identification guides - often referred to as ute guides - in their glove box to help them identify pests and diseases in the field.

“But technology is catching up thanks to a project by NGIQ and QPIF, farmers now have a more convenient and better quality tool for early detection.

“It may soon be possible to have a complete guide for known crop pests and diseases on every farmer's mobile phone in the country.”



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