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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
Following the recent successful registration of the 1080 toxin capsules by the APVMA after detailed submission by ACTA and subsequent amendment of state pesticide control regulations, wild dog control groups and landholders are now starting to use the CPEs to complement other wild dog and fox control options. The AWI-funded wild dog coordinator for western NSW, Bruce Duncan, said the CPEs are seen by farmers as a valuable addition to existing control programs where baiting and trapping are used. “The ejectors are anticipated to have pretty significant impact, especially here in the remote western areas of NSW. It allows farmers to have a ‘sentinel’ guarding their water points and the more isolated parts of their farm, all the time, throughout the year. “Last year's spring baiting season was the first to see the use of the ejectors in the Western Division. They are particularly effective when used alongside the twice- yearly aerial baiting, and together they have caused a drop in wild dog attacks on stock.” Bruce emphasises that the CPEs are an additional control method – along with regular ground and aerial 1080 baiting, new PAPP baiting, trapping, fencing and shooting – that woolgrowers have the option of choosing. “The success of control also relies on the coordinated effort of all landholders working co-operatively with government wild dog controllers. Our aerial and ground baiting program has really increased participation of landholders resulting in a substantial decrease in dog activity and dog sighting," Bruce added. AVAILABILITY AND USE The CPE unit, available from ACTA, is a mechanical device that is not required to be registered as a chemical product and can therefore be purchased, along with lure heads, without restriction. However, the ACTA-developed 1080 toxin capsules do contain a regulated poison that is registered by the APVMA. Capsules are not available without the purchaser and/or user possessing appropriate accreditation. Capsules containing 6 mg of 1080 where wild dogs are the primary target, or 3 mg if foxes are the primary target, are available from ACTA or approved 1080 product distributors or government agencies. Procedures are the same as for 1080 bait products. Ready-made lure heads are available from ACTA with fresh kangaroo meat dried onto the spiked lure head; the meat is pre-treated with antibacterial and antimould agents and cryovac packed to provide a long-life lure-head. Users may alternatively choose to prepare their own lure heads. It is recommended that new users of the CPEs seek advice from an existing experienced user on the best method for setting the ejector prior to deployment of toxin capsules. AWI is providing CPE Training Kits to each state to ensure the best possible stewardship of the CPEs. MORE INFORMATION www.animalcontrol.com.au Watch a video on YouTube of Rob Hunt demonstrating the ejectors: https://youtu.be/6Tdq7FKxeO8 A new 32-page ‘PestSmart’ field guide that provides information on strategies to deliver baiting programs for wild dogs and foxes has been published by the Invasive Animals CRC. The guide has been developed for producers and other land managers and includes practical information and approaches to improve the effectiveness of baiting programs for the protection of livestock and biodiversity. Authored by the National Wild Dog Facilitator, Greg Mifsud, who is funded by AWI, the ‘Field Guide to Poison Baiting: Wild Dogs and Foxes’ brings together a range of methods for the placement and use of wild dog and fox baits in various landscapes across the country. Written in a simple to follow style, the guide includes plenty of photos and diagrams to aid the readers’ understanding. It covers reasons to bait, when to bait, baiting strategies, working dog safety, and tips and tricks to improve baiting success. The extensive ground baiting section covers predator behavior; site selection; bait placement and replacement; monitoring bait take; bait types, storage and handling; decoy or carcass baiting strategies; and opportunistic, ad hoc baiting programs. MORE INFORMATION The publication is available to download free from www.pestsmart.org.au NEW GUIDE TO BAITING A 24-page booklet from ACTA describing the CPE and its use is available on the ACTA website at www.animalcontrol.com.au The new field guide to poison baiting for wild dogs and foxes. Canid Pest Ejector - 1 Canid Pest Ejector Controlling foxes & wild dogs. A field guide to poison baiting: wild dogs and foxes Greg Mifsud 2016 An Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre Project See TRIGUARD product label for full claims and directions for use. 1. Merial data on file. *AVCARE data MAT March 2016. Merial Australia Pty Ltd, Building D, 12-24 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113.ABN 53 071 187 285.TRIGUARD® is a registered trademark of Merial Limited. ©2016 Merial Limited. All rights reserved.TRIG.15.06.0138H.BTB.QP.JI TRIGUARD is a proven performer in the field, with an average efficacy of 99.7%, based on faecal worm egg count reduction, across properties tested. 1 Its combination of three broad- spectrum actives delivers effective worm control for sheep. AUSTRALIA’S NO.1 SELLING COMBINATION SHEEP DRENCH* FOR HEALTHY NO.2S. ON FARM 33
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