Junction View farmers face new challenge
AFTER two major flood events and a drought over the past four years, farmers in the lower Lockyer Valley have done it tough.
However, yet another hurdle has reared its ugly head for the area in the form of pests - both flora and fauna.
To combat the issue, the Junction View Hall Association has set up the Junction View Pest Management Group.
Junction View Hall Association president Vanessa Redinger said the group hoped to co-ordinate efforts and participation in local pest control while seeking help from all levels of government in the form of funding.
Mrs Redinger said the area was battling an outbreak of Parthenium, Ragweed and Castor Oil weeds along with increased populations of wild pigs and dogs.
"On our own farm alone we lost $20,000 worth of potatoes which were destroyed by pigs ploughing it up," she said.
"Dingoes have been taking young calves from farms too and we've seen a huge increase in all pests.
"The pigs and dingoes have also been spreading the weeds around the properties and tracking it all over the place.
She said the recent pest problem is just another blow for the area.
"A lot of farmers have suffered significant losses from the flooding and having something like this now from pests and losing crops is horrible," she said.
The Junction View Pest Management Group will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Friday night from 6-7pm.
The free meeting will be held at the Junction View Hall with special guest Phil Sutherland from Biosecurity Queensland speaking on the night.