Winter

There are three strains of the bacteria, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, that cause Johne’s disease (JD): sheep/ovine (S-), cattle (C-/bovine) and bison strains.

Seasonal Climate Outlook April 2019

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Statistical Seasonal Forecast (SSF) for April to June 2019 and April to October 2019 is indicating less than 40% chance of exceeding median rainfall for the South West Land Division (SWLD).

Expressions of interest for membership to the three Industry Funding Scheme (IFS) management committees are now open. WA producers and others involved in the dairy, grain/seed, hay, sheep or goat industries or supply chains are encouraged to apply.

DPIRD staff have completed the planning and background work, with construction about to begin on upgrading the State's coastal radar network to make Western Australia's weather monitoring service the best in Australia.

Taking experimental measurements can be labour intensive and time consuming, in addition the methods chosen must be repeatable (regardless of operator) with small degrees of error.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) network of automatic weather stations and radars throughout the state provide timely, relevant and local weather data to assist growers and regional communities make more-informed decisions.

There are multiple causes of infertility, abortion and stillbirths in cows. These include some diseases that are exotic to Western Australia and some zoonotic diseases.

Presentations on recent activities of the national project, Pests and diseases of truffles and their host trees in Australia, were given at the Australian Truffle Grower Association (ATGA) annual conference in Medlow Bath, NSW in September 2018.

The State Government is committed to improving mobile connectivity in regional Western Australia, through its Regional Telecommunications Project (RTP) and the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP).

In 2017 a grower scale demonstration in the eastern wheatbelt was set up to investigate the economic return of spraying fungicide for spot type net blotch (STNB) in a low rainfall environment.

Key findings were:

Fungicide spray significantly reduced the severity of STNB.

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