Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board gets new blood
A varied group of animal lovers have been appointed as new members of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.
Research unlocks potential of pasture legumes
Research trials have highlighted the exciting potential of pasture legumes to assist graziers increase the productivity of their grass pastures.
Drought resilience program showcased at seminar
A new program to significantly improve the accuracy, understanding and use of climate forecasts in northern Australia will be showcased during a seminar next week at Beef Australia 2018 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Weed warriors wanted
Biosecurity Queensland is urging North Queenslanders to become weed warriors and help eradicate Limnocharis, an exotic and invasive aquatic weed, from ponds and waterways.
Genetics research breeding better breeders
A five-year research project is giving Queensland graziers up-to-date genetics information to help boost reproduction rates in their herds.
Fishing goes high-tech with submissions sought for new apps
Queensland’s fishing sector is about to go to new technological heights, with developers invited to create two software applications.
Weighing technology has WOW factor for graziers
The Queensland Government is upscaling a trial of new technology to improve livestock management by remotely weighing cattle.
Vet students learn about beef business
Veterinary students from James Cook University will gain first-hand experience in beef production as part of the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program.
Graziers embrace online program
More than 2000 grazing businesses managing more than 28 million hectares of land across the state, have taken advantage of an industry-led initiative to help improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of their grazing enterprise.
New funding expands leading Queensland dairy farming research
Queensland’s innovative C4 milk research project will enter the next phase of trials with Dairy Australia providing $2.1 million to extend the program for another five years.
Drone technology plants the seed for stopping weed invasion
Artificial intelligence, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and high-resolution cameras have been successfully used to automatically detect and map an aggressive weed, in an effort to stop it spreading through Queensland’s coastal dunes.
Beef industry taps into online information
The digital revolution is helping Queensland’s $5.4 billion beef industry gain unprecedented access to information about all aspects of beef production.
Fire ant treatment and surveillance activities extend over weekends
Fire ant treatment and surveillance in selected areas will continue over coming weekends to ensure this round of baiting and monitoring is finished before winter.
Safeguarding our livestock at Beef2018
Biosecurity Queensland has partnered with the organisers of Beef Australia 2018 to make sure no unwanted pests make it into this year's event.
Closing the gap on pesticide run off in sugarcane
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), together with industry partners, is developing ways of reducing runoff of imidacloprid, a key pesticide used to control grubs in the sugarcane industry, and also dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN).
Fisheries officers prepare for big Easter weekend on the water
The Easter long weekend is the busiest on Queensland’s waterways, prompting a reminder to all fishers to check the rules and fish responsibly.
Airborne weed killer helps farmers and the Reef
In what is a first for the Queensland cane industry, the Queensland Government is using drones to scan sugarcane crops and eliminate weeds with a precisely targeted shot of herbicide.
Funding for new research into Gulf mud and blue swimmer crabs
Queensland and Northern Territory scientists will investigate the role of environmental factors on fluctuating crab numbers in the Gulf of Carpentaria in a new $161,000 research project funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Independent review supports Queensland’s approach to Panama disease
An independent expert has backed the actions taken by Biosecurity Queensland to manage Panama disease in Far North Queensland.
Shark nets being removed due to weather conditions
Shark control nets will be removed from some Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches over the next two days due to forecasts of strong winds and potentially dangerous sea conditions.
Sheep producers invited to forum and dinner
A forum and dinner at Longreach in March will ask the question: are we riding on the sheep’s back again?
Queenslanders urged to look out for invasive ‘hitchhiker’ stink bug
Queensland transport businesses and producers are being asked to look out for a highly invasive, foul-smelling pest insect that likes to hide and ride in freight vehicles and cargo containers.
Prepare your flock ready for autumn joining
Queensland’s sheep and wool producers are being urged to prepare their flocks for autumn joining.
Bundaberg fishers fined $7,180 for illegal crabs stashed in boat
The successful court prosecution of two Bundaberg fishers for crabbing offences is a timely reminder to local anglers to comply with Queensland’s fishing rules and regulations.
Crab pot surveillance nets 25 offenders
A 12-month Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) surveillance operation in North Queensland has resulted in 25 people being charged with interfering with crab pot apparatus.
Commercial fisher fined $12,000
A North Queensland commercial fisher has been fined $12,000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994.
Dangerous weather conditions affect shark control program
Fisheries Queensland has issued an alert about changes to shark control equipment due to the current dangerous sea conditions in South East Queensland.
Asian green mussel surveillance resumes near Weipa
Surveillance activities for Asian green mussel near Weipa have resumed following the invasive marine pest’s predicted spawning period during the wet season.
No peacock bass found in Pioneer River following sampling
No peacock bass have been found in the Pioneer River after sampling was completed in four locations upstream and downstream of the Dumbleton Weir over the last week.
Sugarcane nitrogen rate mate tool launched
Canegrowers now have a new online tool at their disposal to help with calculating nitrogen costs.
Best management practices improve profitability for banana farms
New research from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) shows that banana farmers adopting best management practices can improve their profitability, whilst reducing sediment and nutrient in run off from their farms to help the Great Barrier Reef.
Get ready for barramundi season
Queensland anglers are gearing up for barramundi season which re-opens at midday on Thursday 1 February.
Students delving into drone technology to discover the future of farming
The use of drones, robotics and new technologies in agriculture will be the focus for students participating in this year’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ (DAF) Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition.
Remembering Professor Joe Baker
It is with sadness that we farewell Professor Joe Baker AO OBE, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday 15 January 2018.
Panama disease suspected on a third property in Far North Queensland
A suspected case of Panama disease tropical race 4 has been identified on a third commercial banana farm in Far North Queensland.
Help stop the spread of spotted tilapia
Fishers and residents in Far North Queensland are being asked to be on the lookout for spotted tilapia to help stop the spread of this invasive fish.
New Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide now available
The new Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide is now available, with the release of the 2017-18 edition.
Sampling for peacock bass underway at Mackay
Sampling of the Pioneer River at Mackay is underway to determine the extent of the reported incursion of the freshwater pest fish, peacock bass.
Western producer on the right side of the fence
Wool producer Donald Truss has erected more than 100km of exclusion fencing on his property in an effort to minimise the devastating impact of wild dogs.
Vessel tracking policy and guidelines released for feedback
New rules commence for hammerhead sharks
Two rare orchids found in the Daintree
Biosecurity Queensland staff have discovered two extremely rare native orchids while in search of exotic invasive weeds in the Daintree National Park.
Brisbane Airport – closing in on fire ants
A last surveillance sweep of the Brisbane Airport and surrounds is underway to confirm there is no further trace of fire ants in the area.
Buying, selling and moving livestock – NLIS workshop for local producers
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is running a series of workshops in Central Queensland to assist beef producers make effective use of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) website and livestock identification technology.
DNA detection finds no trace of Asian green mussel – but the hunt will continue
No further signs of Asian green mussel have been found in waters around Weipa, but Biosecurity Queensland is maintaining surveillance activities as summer heralds spawning season.
Townsville residents asked to report unusual bee activity
Biosecurity Queensland is asking Townsville residents to keep reporting unusual bees and unmanaged bee colonies.
Spanner crab off limits
Queensland’s annual spanner crab closed season for recreational and commercial fishers commences midnight 20 November until midnight 20 December inclusive.
Company fined $40,000 for damage to marine plants
A company was fined $40,000 at the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last month (October) for causing damage to a substantial area of marine plants.
Second annual coral reef fin fish closed season
Coral reef fin fish will be off limits from Wednesday 15 November, the second of two annual closures that protect these fish during spawning season.
North Queensland fishers reminded about gear marking rule
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) has reminded North Queensland fishers of rules around marking their freshwater fishing gear after a spike in infringement notices.