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Visitors to DPIRD shed at Dowerin to gain more than farming insight

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Friday, 16. August 2019 - 14:00

It will be a full house in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development shed at this year’s Dowerin Machinery Field Days.

Department regional manager Pamela I’Anson said in addition to the department’s offering across farm production, innovation and biosecurity, visitors would have access to displays from Regional Men’s Health, Perth NRM, Muresk, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia.

“Broadacre farmers will be able to learn more about the department’s recent improvements to the Pastures from Space service, which now features an interactive, zoom-in function to get a closer analysis of feed on offer and pasture growth rates,” Ms I’Anson said.

“Livestock producers can find out how to get the most out of the updated Sheep Condition Scoring app and seasonal information will be available with a focus on water and feed budgeting.”

The eConnected and Digital Farms project teams will demonstrate advancements in on-farm technology and implementation of digital connectivity networks across the State.

Department biosecurity officer Paul Manera said information about the skeleton weed program would be available, including display plants and distribution maps.

“The program is adopting remote sensing data collection technology to complement traditional surveillance methods, with representatives from the company behind this technology on hand to talk about their involvement,” Mr Manera said.

“Industry Funding Scheme committee representatives will also be available to discuss the program and benefits to farmers currently managing infestations.”

Livestock producers have an opportunity to meet with local department and private vets to discuss animal health issues and biosecurity, as well as obtaining help with brands, stock ID and National Livestock Identification System queries.

Department biosecurity officers and local Recognised Biosecurity Group members are teaming up to talk about declared pest management including wild dogs, feral pigs and weed species like cactus.

Visitors can learn how to report pests and weeds to the department using MyPestGuide ReporterTM, and discuss climate-ready agriculture including removing soil constraints, improving soil condition and water efficiency.

Farmers will be able to check out their properties on large property maps, and look up contact details the department currently has recorded against their properties for emergency management.

The department shed can be found on Uberin Street at Dowerin Machinery Field Days, 28-29 August.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development team will be back at Dowerin Machinery Field Days with large property maps available for farmers to check out their properties. Pictured at a previous Dowerin Field Days event is DPIRD research
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development team will be back at Dowerin Machinery Field Days with large property maps available for farmers to check out their properties. Pictured at a previous Dowerin Field Days event is DPIRD research officer Mark Sander (left).

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