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GRAIN growers planning to store grain in bunkers
are advised to position storages a considerable
distance away from this year's crops to avoid a
potential mouse infestation.
A large amount of grain potentially left on the ground
after harvest of this year's high-yielding crops could
promote a surge in mouse numbers and activity, and
storage experts warn that grain stored in bunkers
established close to harvested crops could be at risk.
Grains Research and Development Corporation's
storage specialist for the southern cropping region,
Peter Botta, said growers need to give serious
consideration to where they locate bunkers, how they
are set up and ongoing management.
"I strongly encourage growers to locate their bunkers
as far away as possible from any cropping areas
so that the likelihood of mice travelling from crop
stubbles to bunkers is reduced," he said.
"And when tarping the bunkers, make sure that all
folds and creases are eliminated so that entry points
for mice are minimised."
Mr Botta added, if baiting is required, avoidance of grain
contamination is critical; while other requirements for
bunker storage include a well-prepared and compacted
pad that is sloped to drain water away from the site.
SA HEALTH has reminded livestock workers to be
aware of the health risks of Q fever, following an
increase in cases reported in SA during 2016.
The number of cases have sky-rocketed -- there have
been 27 reported cases of Q fever in South Australia,
compared to 12 at this time last year, and nearly triple
the total number of cases reported five years ago.
The infection, which is caused by direct or indirect
contact with the bacteria via infected animals, can
have serious health implications.
Symptoms include fever, which may last for up to four
weeks, severe headache, sweats and chills, chest pains
when breathing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and
It is typically an occupational disease of meat
workers, farmers and hobby-farmers, kangaroo
hunters, shearers and veterinarians.
A list of approved Q fever vaccine providers can
be found on the SA Health website (www.sahealth.
THE Freeling Cricket Club will play its
last home match of the season in Riverton
when local cricket resumes this Saturday,
as it begins installing a new turf cricket
pitch at Freeling Communtiy Recreation
Freeling president Tom Carmichael said
the installation, estimated to cost around
$55,000, has created a positive buzz
amongst the 'Water Hens', and hoped the
upgrades would encourage growth at the
"Everyone's very keen to get it happening
-- we think it's the best way to move our
cricket forward within the club," he said.
"Freeling is a growing town, so we're also
hoping (the installation) might introduce
some new players to the club; hopefully,
there are some (players) who want to come
out and play some quality cricket."
Having planned ahead for the installation,
which is expected to be completed by the
end of next week, the Water Hens already
played all but one of their home matches
for this season's fixture by the mid-season
break last month.
For this weekend's resumption of the
season, Freeling was planned to host its
last home match of the season against
South Gawler, so the club will host it at an
alternative venue, Riverton Oval.
Mr Carmichael said the turf wickets have
been on the club's to-do list for a while, but
plans were fast tracked after the Barossa
& Light Cricket Association announced
it would aim at transitioning the league to
a completely turf format by the 2017/18
"We were planning on doing it next year,
but the changes have been good really
because it's forced us to get moving."
The installation will not affect the football
season, Mr Carmichael added.
"(The cricket and football clubs) are
looking to train at Roseworthy College, but
it shouldn't halter round one (of football),"
The Water Hens have accessed a number
of cricket-related grants and raised money
through sponsorship and club-related
efforts to secure the estimated $55,000
needed to install the turf pitch.
The club will also apply for a grant via the
Office for Recreation and Sport (ORS) to
fund the purchase of a cricket pitch roller
and a lawnmower in the future.
Mr Carmichael said the players were
looking forward to bringing turf cricket to
the club, to play a "better form of cricket",
and thanked all of the volunteers who
worked on the project.
"It's definitely better (playing on turf), it
gives more to the bowler -- it increases the
level of cricket," he said.
Freeling president Tom Carmichael (centre), and A1 players Ian McMillan (left) and Sam
Carmichael are preparing to install a new turf cricket pitch at the club this week.
PHOTO: Laura Collins
Q fever increase
HENS LAY THE TURF
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