Growers, transporters and suppliers have been reminded that the use of raw poultry manure is prohibited in Western Australia, after several complaints to the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) recently.
Penalties of up to $20,000 can be applied under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act (2007) for the transport, storage and use of raw poultry manure on agricultural land.
The use of raw poultry manure is banned in several shires and city councils on the Swan Coastal plain, from Gingin to Harvey, as it provides a breeding ground for stable flies, which are a serious pest to animals and humans.
Department senior development officer Ian McPharlin said regulations governing the movement of raw poultry manure had not changed since responsibility for their administration was transferred to DAFWA in 2013.
Dr McPharlin said the regulations are detailed in the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management (Stable Fly) Management Plan 2013.
“The plan details the management required by intensive horticulture and animal enterprises to minimise stable fly breeding in their operations,” he said.
“Raw poultry manure is an attractive breeding material for stable fly and is in no way considered less of a potential breeding source than crop residues and other sources.”
Poultry manure is permitted for use only if it has been composted to Australian standards or treated in another approved process so it is does not breed stable flies.
For more information visit agric.wa.gov.au and search for ‘stable fly’.
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