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Beagle dog
...ce to train. A structured training program is strongly recommended for all Beagles. Beagle health & lifespan The Beagle is a tough little dog with few health problems. Main areas to watch are: obesity – which can lead to problems such as back strain. Anal glands – some owners report problems with blockages in the dog’s anal glands, located on either side of the anus. This is usually indicated by the dog dragging its bottom along the ground. It can... read more

Wombats as sperm is collected before the animals are returned back to the wild. Data collected from the musters help manage populations as well has monitor the impacts of climate change on the species. Data from these SA studies is also used to help conservation efforts for the northern hairy-nosed wombat. For the last two years Dr Elisa Sparrow has been running Wombat Workshops in all the southern hairy-nosed wombat regions – eight workshops in total.... read more

Regent Honeyeater

...and location. Volunteers need only a pair of binoculars, a field guide and data supplied by the organisers of the project. The last project like this was run 20 years ago and had 3000 volunteers, while the current project has only 500 volunteers, organiser Geoff Barrett is hoping more people will volunteer. The aim of the new project is to compare the new bird atlas with the earlier data to see if any comparisons or conclusions can be drawn. For m... read more

Lowering Cholesterol considered a substitute for cholesterol-lowering medication. We have no data about the long-term safety of foods containing added plant sterols. The margarine spreads have been approved, but the other products will need special approval under the new food standards which come into force in June 2001. ANZFA has assessed the application for approval of products containing plant sterols, but concluded that only a restricted permission (for margari... read more

Lungfish occupies a unique place in evolution, some experts believing it to be a link between the fishes and the land animals. Aside from the fact that it possesses a lung allowing it to breathe air, the lungfish secretes hormones to stimulate reproduction which are identical with those of mammals, including humans. This discovery was made by Professor Jean Joss who heads the Australian Lungfish Research Centre based at Sydney’s Macquarie University. Wh... read more

German Shepherd

German Shepherd
...t are designed to reduce the incidence of diseases with a possible genetic link, by selecting for breeding only those animals which pass stringent selection tests. In Australia, the German Shepherd Dog League has established an A-stamp Certificate system which is designed to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia, a crippling disease of the hind legs. The A clearance means that the puppy is of a quality acceptable for breeding. A similar certificat... read more

Light Fitting Pots

...Materials Light shades 250mm galvanised stormwater pipe x 1800mm 4mm long link chain bolts/nuts/washers 5mm snap hooks 20mm ceiling hooks aluminium flywire potting mix iron pot stand plants How it was done 1. Don prepared two painted, aluminium light shades for planting by simply cutting some aluminium flywire to size and covering the holes at the bottom. He then filled the shades with potting mix and planted them with freckle face (Hypoestes ‘Pe... read more

Low Maintenance Garden

The November edition of the Burke’s Backyard magazine includes a 20-page guide to creating gardens that really are low maintenance. The guide goes through all the elements of a garden, distinguishing those that are easy-care from those that mean work such as lawns and water features. The guide also looks at plants, the impact of pets, weeding and how to avoid it, good watering and how to use mulches. In our television segment Don discussed severa... read more

Bird-friendly & Beautiful or beds of shrubs. You will notice on my bird-friendly garden design on page 38 that there are no large, open areas. The lawn is created in swirls, not big circles or squares. There is still room for kids to play cricket, footy, basketball or to ride bikes. You still have a swimming pool onto which opens a glorious pavilion for outdoor cooking, entertaining or even as a rainy day play area for the kids. You still have a shed, a cubby house or a... read more

Don’s Tips: Weeds

...better – especially on problem weeds. These new sprays also work better during Autumn/Winter as well. Send us before and after pictures of your weed successes. You can do this by going to, select the Facebook page (the small symbol near the top right with an f in a green circle) and then put your before and after photos in the section that says Write Something On This Page….. We’ll send a Burke’s Backyard pack to the best weede... read more

Potatoes recipes

...28, you’ll find our special kitchen garden feature on growing potatoes on page 96. It includes two easy and delicious potato recipes by Tracy Rutherford, plus tips on choosing the best varieties to grow, where to buy them, and how to grow them. PLUS: in the Hands On section in the August issue, on page 73 you’ll find a great step-by-step guide to planting potatoes (previewed above). Baked potatoes with fennel If you’ve only tried fennel sliced up... read more

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