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Read about the major weeds, pests and diseases affecting dairy farms in southern Australia.

Weeds, pests and diseases

A range of pests affect dairy farm systems in southern Australia. Major ones are the black-headed cockchafer, red-headed cockchafer, the red-legged earth mite and the lucerne flea.

While Dairy Australia does not provide a comprehensive overview of the life cycle, threshold damage levels and control methods of all pests that affect perennial ryegrass pasture, the following factsheet does describe the effects of the pests mentioned above.

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Perennial ryegrass management VIII - Management of weeds, pests and diseases (PDF 1MB)

The focus of this factsheet is on the major weeds, pests and diseases that affect dairy farm systems in southern Australia. It is not a comprehensive review of the life cycle, threshold damage levels and control methods of all the pests that can affect perennial ryegrass. It uses the 3030 Project experiences to discuss how to manage these weeds, pests and diseases with the whole farm system in mind. The weeds and pests covered are:

Weeds

  • Barley grass.
  • Erodium.
  • Capeweed.

Pests

Diseases

  • Crown rust
 

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Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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