Local Land Services Urge Spring Clean Up Of Farms Across The Hunter To Reduce Impact Of Pests Such As Mouse Plague | Hunter Valley News

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Local Land Services (LLS) encourages landowners to “come in and clean up the farm” before spring to help reduce the impact of pests.

The government agency that aims to offer timely advice to farmers and landowners recommends using the rest of August to clear the land, which helps reduce the potential impact of pests, reducing their possible locations breeding and nesting.

It will also reduce the risk to livestock from chemical residue from items such as old batteries.

Andrew Lieschke, business partner of LLS Agriculture and Plant Biosecurity, said an annual winter farm clean-up is a good idea.

“Farming is busy all year round, but if you can get in and clean in the winter, it should make your life easier when you are deep in sowing, harvesting or mowing,” Lieschke said.

“You can target one area per week, maybe the shed first, the silos next, then around the yard of the house to break down the work into more manageable tasks.

“With the number of mice set to increase in large parts of the state as spring approaches, one of the best management tips is to minimize food sources and shelter, which can be as simple as clean up residual grains or clean sheds and silos. ”

Mr Lieschke said cleaning old lead-acid batteries and building materials was also important in reducing potential risks to animal health.

“Battery boxes become brittle over time and cattle with their generally curious nature, especially young cattle, can easily disrupt an old battery to access the lead they contain,” Lieschke said.

“They develop a taste for the salts of lead and may come back repeatedly to lick and chew at the source.”

In addition to batteries, sources of lead that can be easily found on farms include lead-based paint on farm buildings or other structures, ashes from fires left after burning these products, automotive grease, oil filters, crankcase oil and linoleum.

“It is also a good time to register your agricultural and veterinary chemicals with ChemClear (www.chemclear.org.au) to receive storage stickers for chemicals and receive alerts when there are collections of chemicals. chemicals in the area, ”Lieschke said.

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