Agricultural & Environmental

Secretary
Mrs Linda Roberts
Ph: 02 4385 5031
lindaroberts4@bigpond.com


WorkCover’s sheep and beef cattle farming industry action plan

Country Women's Association of NSW has had input into the recent sheep and beef cattle farming industry action plan. Workcover have now developed six worksheets a farm vechical checklist. Click on the name below to download the PDF.

Factsheets: Child safety, Pressure, Environment, Livestock, Machinery, Quad bike safety poster  Farm vehicle prepurchase checklist

Alive and Well Campaign

The new Alive and Well Farm Safety Campaign tells farmers stories with the aim of “shining a light” on some of the most common causes of injury and illness. Farmers are encouraged to visit the website, listen to other farmers’ stories and share their own views on why farm safety is so important. www.aliveandwell.net.au

A selection of article can be found below:

1. Depression and Mental Health - four things to keep in mind for peace of mind

2. Farm vehicles - using quad bikes safely: 5 top tips

3. Kids on Farms - four tips for keeping your kids safe on farms

4. Sun Safe - sunscreen is not just a beach holiday requirement

5. Working with lifestock - how to work with sheep safely.


Flora and Fauna

Flora and fauna study choices for each year are made by the Agricultural & Environmental Committee. Ideas may be sent the Agricultural & Environmental Officer or the Agricultural & Environmental Committee Secretary, prior to the June meeting.

Flora and fauna 2017: Quandong and Quoll

Flora and fauna 2018: Owl and Orchid.

Foe

The Agricultural & Environmental committee introduced a "Foe" in order to raise awareness of a differernt weed every year. For 2017, there will also be a feral animal to raise awareness of the detrimental effects on our environment.

Foes 2017: Fireweed and foxes.

Foes 2018: Allifgator Weed and deer.

Alligator Weed Information

Alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is an invasive weed that grows on water and land. Infestations are difficult to control. In New South Wales, alligator weed is prevalent mainly around Sydney, the Hunter and parts of the North Coast. West of the dividing range infestations occur at Woomargama near Albury, Barren Box Swamp and the Wah Wah irrigation district near Griffith, Mudgee, and the Peel and Namoi rivers between Tamworth and Gunnedah.

Alligator weed can choke waterways and impact agriculture by clogging pumps, irrigation channels and invading farm land. In livestock it can lead to photosensitivity causing skin lesions. All spread is by fragments breaking off plants. Often this occurs in floods; however fragments can be moved by machinery, boats, boat trailers or contaminated soil.

Alligator weed is recognised by its glossy, green spear-shaped leaves that are arranged as opposite pairs along the stems. The stems are hollow and the flowers are white, papery and on stalks. No seed is set in Australia.

Report sightings to your local council weed officer or the NSW DPI weeds hotline on 1800 680 244 or email at weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au. Further information on alligator weed can be found at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/7

Primary Product

Primary products for promotion are submitted to state executive at their November meeting by each group. The representatives give a two minute presentation on their group's choice. All members of executive then vote for the winning product. All products presented to the members of state executive must be concerning an industry that is having difficulties or be a boutique industry. This promotion is not a part of the Agricultural & Environmental committee arena but is driven by the group that had their product selected. Often if there are several groups who chose the same product then they will join forces to make the display at state conference happen. Usually the Branch and Group Agricultural & Environmental Officers do the local promotion as a part of their portfolio. Announced in December each year.

Primary Product 2017: Native fingerlimes

Agricultural and Environmental Seminar

The next Agricultural & Environmental Committee hold seminars in order to discover more about a particular area, highlighing many of the local products of the area.

Product of the Week

Featuring Australian grown produce

An Initiative of the CWA of NSW Agricultural & Environmental Committee

February 2017: Grapeseed Oil

March 2017:  Eggplant, Figs, Sweet Corn, Watermelon

Previous products (click to download PDF):


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