Sunday, May 8, 2011

Cockchafers? GippsDairy are on the job!

About 70% of the energy to produce milk in Gippsland comes from ryegrass pastures. Damage to ryegrass pastures caused by red headed cockchafers seems to have increased as soils have become drier and seasonal rains are less reliable. Red headed cockchafers pose a very large threat to the dairy industry of Gippsland. GippsDairy leads a national taskforce that has begun to research the endemic pest and management practices that lead to its control.

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