Roma saleyards to host Pimelea update this Tuesday

Beef Central, 24/03/2017

Pimelea continues to have a devastating effect on cattle operations throughout Southern Queensland.

Cattle deaths over the past 12 months have been significant, with individual properties having lost from several to 100 cattle.

Producers have suffered annual financial losses of $100,000, solely due to the impact of the Pimelea.

Producers without access to paddocks which are Pimelea-free are faced with feeding cattle in stockyards, while trying to recover cattle with early signs of Pimelea poisoning.

A panel of industry & research speakers will be available at the Roma saleyards on this coming Tuesday to answer questions about developing a Pimelea research project and the role of industry pledges.

Industry and researchers are pursuing four different grant opportunities through Australian Government and Meat & Livestock Aust to make research become a reality now.

To date, producers from western Qld have responded with $277,000 of cash and in-kind pledges which will help lever and expedite a funded project.

Seasonal weather (drought followed by wet winter) and limited pasture cover has favoured Pimelea native plant abundance over the last two years.


The proposed research project aims to develop a rumen de-tox bacteria, rumen absorption compounds to overcome plant toxicity and identify improved pasture management options.

The following speakers will be on a panel to answer questions:

  • Rod Turner, Landmark Roma
  • Tyson Golder, Maranoa Regional Council Mayor.
  • Grant Maudsley, AgForce President.
  • Charles Nason, producer, regional beef research committees, AgForce.
  • Marie Vitelli, AgForce Policy-weeds.
  • Mary Fletcher, Acting Professor, UQ & QAAFI.
  • Diane Ouwerkerk, Research Scientist, DAF & QAAFI.

On the day producers will hear:

  • Why your producer pledges are important to lever funding grants.
  • How we are currently applying to four Aust Govt and MLA grants to make this research a reality.
  • Importance of doing research now – when Pimelea impacts are high.

The total goal is a $1million research and extension project over 3 years.

For more information contact Rod Turner, Landmark Roma on 0429 004 741 or email rod.turner@landmark.com.au; or  Marie Vitelli, AgForce Policy on 0429 062 852 or email marie.vitelli@agforceqld.org.au.



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