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Measuring internal quality of citrus prior to harvest is vital to ensure fruit reaches the market with eating qualities acceptable to most consumers. In Western Australia growers have the option of testing their own fruit or sending it to a laboratory.

Phosphorus fertiliser application to potato crops should aim to maximise profits and also minimise the overuse of phosphorus to reduce environmental impacts and health risks.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Diagnostics and Laboratory Services (DDLS) - Animal Pathology, Western Australia (formerly DAFWA Animal Health Laboratories) provides a variety of services including testing for disease surveill

The Lambing Planner is a simple tool that allows you to change a lambing date or a joining date to see the impacts of that on other key times in the reproductive year. It also features a short best-practice guide for lambing.

Tissue testing can identify plant nutrient deficiencies that affect plant health. In high rainfall areas, pasture productivity is high and the demand for macronutrients and micronutrients is also high.

Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) is an international insect that has become an aggravating pest in Western Australia, particularly on the coastal plain, north and south of Perth.

Improved grazing and feeding management of sheep can reduce methane emissions per unit of product (feed efficiency) or emissions per unit of feed intake (methane yield).

Feed intake and methane emissions are influenced by the digestibility of the pasture and the concentration of plant secondary compounds such as tannins. Maintaining a higher proportion of legumes is a strategy that farmers could adopt to reduce methane emissions.

Selective breeding of sheep is an option for decreasing methane emissions. Through selection, methane production can be lowered per unit of feed intake. Additionally, feed conversion can be improved, sheep eat less per unit of weight gain, and therefore produce less methane.

Pastures that reduce methane emissions can be categorised into high quality grasses and legumes, and plants containing secondary metabolites such as tannins.

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