Roma meeting to discuss Pimelea research

Pimelea research update to be given at Roma Saleyards next week


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An update on the push to fund Pimelea research will be given at the Roma Saleyards next Tuesday.

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MARANOA producers are urged to attend the Roma Saleyards next Tuesday where an update will be given on securing a research project into Pimelea plant poisoning in cattle.

Earlier this month AgForce called on industry and producers to help fund half of a $1 million research grant application to government’s AusIndustry.

The grant would be used to examine fighting Pimelea through rumen detoxification and improved best management of the weed affecting inland Australia.

The project is intended to last three years and comes after producers met at Begonia, north west of St George, in May last year calling for solutions to the issue.

Pimelea plant poisoning in cattle remains a major issue around the Maranoa with a number of producers battling stock losses recently. 

So far more than $277,000 in cash and in-kind pledges have been made towards the research but more is needed.

A speaker panel of Landmark Roma’s Rod Turner, Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder, AgForce President Grant Maudsley, producer Charles Nason, AgForce Policy officer Marie Vitelli, UQ and QAAFI Acting Professor Mary Fletcher and DAF and QAAFI Research Scientist Diane Ouwerkerk will speak at the Roma event.

Attendees will hear about the importance of doing research now, why producer pledges are important and what is being done to make the research a reality.

The event will take place from 10am to 11am on March 28 at the Roma Saleyards Selling Ring. 

To  make a pledge or for more information, contact AgForce by emailing agforce@agforceqld.org.au or call 3236 3100. 

The story Roma meeting to discuss Pimelea research first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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