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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
Landholders around Longreach are getting access to new exclusion fencing equipment to help combat wild dogs, at reduced rates thanks to AWI and Longreach Regional Council. The Council has been awarded a grant of up to $205,300 by AWI to build the region’s capacity to construct exclusion fences. The grant has been used to procure a Caterpillar 910K loader which arrived in November last year. The loader is fitted with a hydraulic hammer and Ezywire® spinner to provide a high capacity Exclusion Fence Construction Unit (EFCU). The equipment is available for hire at a substantially reduced fee, for dry hire, to woolgrowers in the Central West of Queensland looking to build exclusion fences on their properties. The EFCU could play a key part in the implementation of the planned Longreach Wild Dog Exclusion Fence Scheme. In the meantime, woolgrowers undertaking their own construction can enquire with the council if they would like to know more about using the equipment on their own fencing projects. Council’s Wild Dog Control Advisory Committee Chair Greg Bowden said the EFCU would prove very useful to graziers that were planning to undertake exclusion fencing. “This should get the job done. Hopefully having it available will mean fences go up faster. It’ll make it more affordable too.” AWI Vertebrate Pest Program Manager Ian Evans said EFCU is an example of how AWI is supporting efforts to protect sheep flocks against wild dogs. “Cluster fences are a key tool in combatting wild dogs for wool and sheep producers in Queensland,” says Ian. “AWI is pleased to provide this first unit to assist Central West Queensland producers get their exclusion fencing up as quickly as possible. “There is no doubt that sheep are a key driver of economic activity in rural communities in Queensland. And the sooner we can rebuild sheep numbers to take advantage of the better season across Queensland, the better off we will all be.” Based on the Caterpillar 910K articulated loader, the EFCU offers woolgrowers the capacity to drive posts and run wire with previously unbelievable ease. The hydraulic flow capacity of the Caterpillar 910K gives this machine the capacity to handle the heaviest loading, driving and lifting tasks that building a wild dog exclusion fence can impose. The commercial grade hydraulic hammer can drive the largest steel strainer posts, including heavy drill pipe and even railway iron. Two meter plus line posts can be driven into the toughest soils with ease. The Ezywire® spinner can be loaded with 3x250meteror2x500meterrollsof prefabricated netting up to 1.8 meter wide. “Imagine running out up to a kilometre of fencing – already strained to the correct pre-set tension – before you have to re-load the spinner,” Ian said. “All attachments feature Caterpillar’s ‘quick attach’ coupler and can be attached and detached without leaving the air-conditioned cab.” A video of the EFCU is available to view on the AWI YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/AWIWoolProduction MORE INFORMATION Further details are available from Longreach Regional Council on (07) 4658 4111. An Exclusion Fence Construction Unit that can fence more than 4km per day is being made available to woolgrowers in the Central West of Queensland at a minimal rate thanks to a grant from AWI to Longreach Regional Council. Screenshots from a video of the Exclusion Fence Construction Unit that is available on the AWI YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/AWIWoolProduction EXCLUSION FENCE CONSTRUCTION UNIT TO HELP CENTRAL WEST OF QUEENSLAND 32 ON FARM
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