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A STATEWIDE surveillance
program for myrtle rust has
started after confirmation of
the disease in properties and
nurseries across the state.
Myrtle rust infections have
been confirmed in at least six
places, including five private
gardens in Burnie and a south-
ern Tasmanian nursery.
The Department of Primary
Industries Parks Water and
the Environment said officers
were also following up several
other reports from members of
Inspections have been car-
ried out at several commercial
nurseries in Hobart.
Tasmanian Nursery and
Garden Industry Association
Karen Brock said that while
the outbreak would affect Tas-
manian nurseries, the biggest
impact would be on native for-
ests and possibly plantations.
"It's definitely not good that
it has been found here, but it's
not quite as panic stations as it
would have been five years ago
when it was first found in Aus-
tralia," she said.
"Nurseries will definitely be
affected, but if it's found in the
wider environment that's
when it's game over."
The disease is likely to af-
fect Tasmanian plant exports
to some mainland states, but
Ms Brock said this was not a
large market. Imports of Tas-
manian plants to South Aus-
tralia and Western Australia
have been suspended.
Myrtle rust affects plants in
the myrtaceous family, includ-
ing eucalypts, bottle brush and
tea tree. The fungus produces
yellow or orange spore-filled
lesions on young parts of the
plant, damaging them.
There are fears that if the
rust spreads to the state's
native forests it could have a
"It was thought that our
cooler climate would make it
more difficult for the rust to
survive, but there are temper-
ate areas in Queensland where
it is doing quite nicely so our
colder weather may not be
much of a protection," Ms
Brock said. "We don't really
know at this stage what impact
it will have if it gets into the
Ms Brock said as a pre-
caution nursery owners should
put all myrtaceous plant spe-
cies aside and monitor them.
So far the only plant species
that has been confirmed to
have the disease in Tasmania is
the susceptible Lophomyrtus.
Report any suspected myr-
tle rust infection to Biosecurity
Tasmania on 6165 3785.
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WHEN it comes to producing top-
quality bullocks, few do it better than
Philip Hughes -- and he has the
ribbons to prove it.
Mr Hughes has won the annual
Quoiba bullock competition nine
times, including this year when his pen
of four Murray Grey steers got the top
In 2008 and 2009 his cattle won top
pen, the runner-up pen and the best
single bullock awards.
"I had to go back and count because
I couldn't remember how many times
I'd won it," Mr Hughes said.
He said a lot of credit went to his
Roberts stock agent Rodney Miles,
who helped him select the cattle.
"He buys cattle for me a lot of the
time because I can't be bothered going
to the sales and he does a good job,"
Mr Hughes said.
He and his wife Gaylene run a
mixed operation at Kindred. Cattle fit
in well with their cropping and they
run about 80 at a time.
Mr Hughes said he was not fussy
about any particular breed.
"Angus, Hereford, Murray Greys, I
even had some Red Angus one year,"
he said. "I don't think it really matters
as long as you feed them well."
Mr Hughes likes to get the cattle
settled in quickly when they first
He said winter shelter was essential
to ensure the cattle kept gaining
Most of the cattle arrive at the
property weighing 250-300kg and Mr
Hughes said he liked to finish them at
"I don't worry too much about how
long I keep them, I just send them off
when they're ready," he said.
This year's winning pen were
bought from Bentall Family Trust at
"I remember when I bought them a
few people were stirring me up saying
I changed my colour scheme," he said.
Competition this year was tough.
"There were some beautiful cattle
there," Mr Hughes said.
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