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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – PAGE 11
By Elisa Rose
High beef prices and a strong
Australian market will set the
backdrop for this year’s beef field
days, which will move across the
State between February 2-6.
The open days will give cattle
farmers the opportunity to visit about
70 studs across the State, showcasing
10 cattle breeds, with the opportunity
to purchase bulls to strengthen their
Sunday, February 4, will see more
than 20 studs across the Hills and
Fleurieu Peninsula open their doors,
including Geoff and Julie Perry’s
Murray Grey stud. The Perrys bought
their Hahndorf property, Fairview
Ridge, in 2000 with a small commercial
herd of Murray Greys, and have since
turned their attention to stud breeding.
Their bulls have since enjoyed success
at the Royal Adelaide Show, with
the stud named the most successful
Murray Grey exhibitor in 2005 and one
of their bulls named junior champion
in 2011 before going on to Wodonga
where he was reserve senior champion.
The offspring of that bull will be for
sale at this year’s field days, alongside
three other bulls, which Mr Perry said
were all evenly lined and balanced.
“We have one bull that I would
consider to be a very good heifer bull –
mainly because he had a very low birth
weight and he’s very smooth – and
the other three will be more general
purpose bulls, but they’re all about
the same frame score, pretty much the
same height,” he said.
Mr Perry said the beef market had
improved a lot over the past couple
of years, and he was confident in the
“Three years ago ... people were
getting out of cattle because sheep
were more profitable and now they
wish they’d hung in there.
“There’s a lot of optimism in the
Geoff Perry’s Murray Grey bulls will
be on show next weekend as he opens
his Hahndorf stud as part of the
annual SA beef field days.
Beef industry enjoys the good times
From page 3
Keen gardener Margaret Forbes has a Chinese
elm tree in her Mt Barker backyard, which are
not considered to be the preferred host for the
However, she has recently noticed the beetles
and their larvae on the leaves of her elm.
Ms Forbes has also noticed the increasing
presence of the beetle around other parts of Mt
Barker and said it was important that locals
were aware of the beetle, especially as the town
continued to grow.
“How many people are going to want a golden
elm or similar in their garden as their main
shade tree,” she said. “And they’re going to be
ruined, so people need to be aware.”
Mt Barker-based garden expert Sophie
Thomson advised locals to rethink planting new
European elm trees and said a broad approach
was needed to protect existing elm trees from
“If you’ve got a healthy tree it is less likely to
be severely affected by it, or it will get affected
by it and won’t kill it,” she said.
“But if you’ve got an old tree ... you’re going to
need to have some plan of action.”
“... It’s the big picture – look at the health of
the tree, is it getting water around its root zone,
has it been fed?”
In addition to promoting the health of elm
trees, there are options for dealing with elm
leaf beetle infestations, Ms Thomson said,
including having an arborist inject the tree or
surrounding soil with a family of insecticides
However, she said other methods were her
preferred option, as research indicated that
neonicotinoids could be toxic to honeybees.
She encouraged gardeners to research
Elm leaf beetles lay eggs on elm leaves, which
hatch into larvae that eventually crawl down
the tree to pupate, and Ms Thomson said a
sticky fruit tree grease band could be purchased
from nurseries and hardware stores and placed
around the trunk of the tree to catch larvae on
their way down to the ground.
A predatory insect called a lacewing can also
be purchased to release into trees to prey on the
larvae, while Ms Thomson said she was aware
of landholders keeping chickens or guinea fowl
around the base of their elms to eat the larvae
when they crawled to the ground.
Elm beetle battle
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