Top Paddock – April 2019

Issue #67 – April 2019
Message from the editor

This year is jam packed with events. We have a huge couple of days lined up for those of you in the Douglas Daly and Katherine regions with field days in April, as well as some new faces around the department.

I recently spent some time working in the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) animal welfare response centre for Tropical Cyclone Trevor. They had volunteers and assistance from the NT Cattlemen’s Association, private veterinarians, Roper Gulf Regional Council, East Arnhem Regional Council, and Animal Management in Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities. There was a lot of hard work put in behind the scenes that many people aren’t aware of. A lot of people gave up their weekend to support the teams that went out to communities to check and feed animals in the evacuated regions. It was great to see everyone banding together to help out.



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Have your say on Northern Territory water regulatory reform


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have proposed reforms to the Water Regulation in a Directions Paper.


Darwin Rural Groundwater Watch


In the Top End, most rural residents and growers access groundwater via a bore. In fact, in the Northern Territory (NT) 90 per cent of the fresh water supply comes from groundwater, compared to 22 per cent worldwide.


NT seasonal outlook

Sky, clouds and palm trees

The outlook for April to June 2019 indicates that:

  • Average to Drier conditions are expected across most of the NT.
  • Warmer than average days and nights are likely for almost all of the NT.

Northern Territory goes bananas!

Bunch of green bananas

Northern Territory has been declared banana freckle free, with the proof of freedom from the disease declared on 1 February.

This huge success has been achieved due to industry, government and the community working together, along with other states and territories.


Katherine and Douglas Daly Field Days

The department is hosting two agricultural field days at Katherine Research Station on Tuesday 9 April 2019 and Douglas Daly Research Farm on Wednesday 10 April 2019.
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NT Rural Women’s Award

DPIR Asian honey bee surveillance officers.

Zoe Malone has been announced as the winner of this year’s Agrifutures NT Rural Women’s Award, for her passion about the role volunteers play in creating strong and vibrant communities.


TNRM natural process erosion control course


Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) has partnered with RegenAG’s erosion mitigation expert Craig Sponholtz of Watershed Artisans to deliver a three-day intensive natural process erosion control course.


Introducing new staff

Joy sherlock stands in a field of cotton

There are a number of new staff across the department. Introducing Joy Sherlock, Samantha Cullen, Maxine Piggott and Simone Andrews.


A step closer to understanding mango disorder

two mangoes with discolouration

Scientists in the Northern Territory have made a significant advance towards understanding the cause of resin canal discolouration (RCD) in mangoes. RCD had stumped scientists and growers for decades, who until now had not had any clues about its cause.


You have heard of ant farms, but have you heard of farmer ants?

ant can be seen on the leaf of a plant

Browsing ants (Lepisiota frauenfeldi) are an exotic invasive species, ideally suited to Australian conditions. Browsing ants are considered to be a significant threat to our environment and economy. They form super-colonies, which reach very large numbers.


Asparagus – potential green gold for the Northern Territory

Asparagus is not a new crop for the Northern Territory, with commercial production in place since the mid-1990s. Production has declined in the Northern Territory due a range of factors including: the inability to control anthracnose (a fungal pathogen), currency fluctuations and historically high interest rates.

Fusarium wilt of cucumber

fusarium wilt can be seen on a cucumber plant with wilted leaves

Fusarium wilt of cucumber is caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cucumerinum. It has been present in Australia for decades, but the first case in the Northern Territory was discovered in 2017.


Animal Health News

cow and calves

The March edition of Animal Health News, including livestock disease investigations is now available.

Read Animal Health News >>

2018 audit of NT brands register

2018 audit paperwork has been sent out to registered owner/s of Northern Territory (NT) Brands, to the last known address listed in the NT Brands register.
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Contact the Livestock Biosecurity Team


Regional Livestock Bisoecurity Officer 08 8999 2034
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8999 2030


Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8973 9767
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8973 9765

Tennant Creek

Principal Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8962 4458
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8962 4492

Alice Springs

Senior Field Veterinary Officer 08 8951 8181
Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8951 8125

Calendar of Events

KRS field day Tuesday 9 March
Douglas Daly field day Wednesday 10 March
AMIA Mango Conference 14-17 May (Darwin)
Australian Banana Industry Congress 21 May (Gold Coast)
Horticulture Connections 2019 June 23 (Melbourne)
Darwin Show 25- 27 July 2019

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

GPO BOX 3000, DARWIN NT 0801 | PHONE: 08 8999 2214 | ISSN 1320-727X

This email was sent by Communications, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, GPO Box 3000, DARWIN, Northern Territory 0801, Email: communications.dpir to adamgcbody



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