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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

D J. Carter

Keywords

Feedlots, Dust, Soil stabilization, Dust control, Wood chips

First Page Number

20

Last Page Number

22

Abstract

The humble woodchip, widwly used as a soil mulch in Western Australian gardens, is set tto take a new role as a dust inhibito in assembly yards used to hold live sheep for export.

Research by the Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service Branch has shown that, of the materials tested, woodchips were the most effective in preventing dust being generated. Wind speeds had to approach a "near gale" before dust developedfrom the protected soil.

The use of woodchips, therefore, provides a practical alternative to stabalising the soil and preventing an environmental problem associated with one of the State's valuable export industries.

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