SHIRE of Gingin is supporting the visit of renowned international stable fly expert David Taylor next month.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will host Dr Taylor, a research entomologist at the US Department of Agriculture in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He has been working on stable fly research since 1994 and will speak to industry and community groups, as well as department staff.
Dr Taylor will work closely with department entomologist David Cook.
Department development officer Don Telfer said Dr Taylor’s visit was timely to remind producers to have a plan in place to manage stable fly this spring.
“Stable fly is a declared pest in WA and can be a serious pest of livestock around animal enclosures, stables, feedlots and paddocks or pastures from spring through to late autumn,” Mr Telfer said.
“As the spring weather warms up producers are reminded to properly dispose of material ideal for stable fly to lay eggs in such as rotting vegetable crop residues, animal manures, spilled and wet grain feed and rotting hay.
“Stable fly are a community problem and all members of the community can make a difference.”
Dr Taylor will be in WA from October 30 to November 13.
The WA Broiler Growers Association is also supporting the visit.
He will meet with groups including the Stable Fly Action Group, WA Broiler Growers Association, as well as cattle producers.