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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
ON FARM 37 Well designed and constructed exclusion fences have been very effective at preventing wild dogs from entering woolgrowers’ properties or ‘clusters’ of properties, resulting in increased on-farm productivity and the ability for woolgrowers to run sheep without the stress of worrying about attacks. Having the capacity to keep dogs out of a property or properties, and get rid of the dogs inside the fence, is the key to future long term freedom from wild dog predation. AWI would like to help woolgrowers who are considering, planning, building or maintaining wild dog exclusion fencing by making available to them photos and plans of successful exclusion fences already built on other properties. If you have already constructed or are in the process of constructing wild dog exclusion fencing, AWI would like to collect your ideas, techniques, and information on the tools and equipment used. AWI will collate your photos and plans into a booklet to be made available to woolgrowers. The booklet will cover all wild dog affected sheep regions of Australia. It will also include other resources such as listings of commercial wire manufacturers. The aim of the booklet is not to be an ‘instruction manual for how to build your exclusion fencing’ – the geography, facilities and economic circumstances of woolgrowers suffering wild dog predation vary far too much to adequately cover in a short booklet all aspects of exclusion fence construction. Besides which, many producers are already highly skilled in all aspects of fence construction and/or may use skilled specialist fencing contractors. WHAT TO SEND AWI is interested in receiving photos and/or drawn plans of all aspects of wild dog exclusion fencing, including but not limited to: • fences of every size and description; conventional, electric and combinations; fabricated netting, plain and barbed wire and combinations • river and creek/gully crossings • gateways and grids/ramps • road crossings including farm roads/tracks, main roads and highways. Photos should preferably contain an item which will enable the reader to accurately estimate sizes. Also of interest are photos and/or drawn plans that depict: • how producers have handled any challenges posed by the terrain (flat, undulating or steep) • site/fence line preparation • the machines and equipment used • tips and techniques. ‘Before and after construction’ photos and ‘inside and outside’ (astride) post-construction photos are also welcomed. HOW TO SEND Please send your photos and/or plans via email to email@example.com. Include your name, property name, address and phone number in your email. Also include a brief description of what each photo depicts. To enable optimum print quality, photos should be sent to AWI in as high resolution (clarity) as possible. Ideally the resolution should be at least 300dpi. In layman’s terms, have your camera settings set on as high resolution as possible (some camera’s settings refer to this as, for example, ‘superfine’) or if taking a photo and emailing via a Smartphone send it ‘actual size’ (iPhone) or ‘Original’ (Android). Plans should be sent as PDFs or digital images of the same resolution as photos. If your internet connection limits the size of the files that you can send as attachments to emails, copy your files onto a USB thumb drive and post it to: Wild Dog Fencing, Australian Wool Innovation, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001. AWI will either return your USB or send you a new one after we download your images. REWARDS FOR SENDING! AWI will post a pair of wool rich socks to people that send one or two relevant publishable image(s). By sending more than two image(s), you will receive two pairs of socks. The contributors of the best five images will each receive an Australian wool doona valued in excess of $250, and have their winning photo published in Beyond the Bale. Entries close on Friday 3rd June 2016. (Note: By sending any image(s) to us, you will be giving AWI and its affiliates, rights to use, publish and distribute as it sees fit, including but not restricted to inclusion in the AWI fencing booklet, its websites and Beyond the Bale. AWI will attribute any published image to the person contributing the image(s), eg Source: Ian Evans, Kuloomba Downs, Deniliquin.) MORE INFORMATION If you need clarification or assistance please contact Ian Evans at AWI on 0427 773 005 or firstname.lastname@example.org WANTED! PHOTOS OF WILD DOG EXCLUSION FENCING Have you erected wild dog exclusion fencing on your property? If so, send in some photos of it to AWI and the photos could be included in an upcoming booklet to help other woolgrowers who are considering exclusion fencing. Not only will you be helping your fellow woolgrowers combat wild dogs, but you will receive some wool socks as thanks from AWI and also be in the running to win a Queen size woollen doona set valued at more than $250. Wild dog and kangaroo exclusion fencing on ‘Moorooka’ at Morven in Queensland. Old steels pickets were cut and welded to the top of the pickets of the original fence and 90cm high ringlock added.
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