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All livestock producers will be familiar with managing parasites. Monitoring, preventing spread and treatment are routine practices on many farms. Rightly so, too, as parasite burdens slow the growth of animals, negatively impact their health and welfare, and reduce productivity.
Ron Creagh, with his wife Robyn and son Kim, farm 13,000 hectares in the low rainfall shires of Trayning and Nungarin in the central wheat belt of Western Australia.
Farmers Rodney and Debbie Pohlner of Glenlee, north-west of Dimboola in the Wimmera region, and the Schwedes family, also of Glenlee, were finalists in the plant biosecurity category of the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.
Lynn and Ian Rathjen, owners of ‘Whistling Eagle’ at Colbinabbin, run a successful vineyard with some cereal crops, pastures and stud Border Leicester flock.
Peter and Sandra Young’s holistic approach to biosecurity has rendered them champions of the Australian agricultural industry and finalists in this years inaugural Australian Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Awards.