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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
Aseries of free workshops recently held by Local Land Services Western Region and supported by AWI have increased woolgrowers’ and other landholders’ knowledge about wild dog and fox monitoring and control, and the effective application of 1080 baits, CPEs and foothold traps. A total of 64 landholders attended workshops at Anabranch, Pooncarie, Ivanhoe, Hillston and Balranald, with participants providing overall positive feedback, including woolgrower John McKeon from ‘Disalie’, Trida, who was at the Hillston event. “I think it has been a fantastic day, on-topic and informative for everyone here,” Mr McKeon said. “It has covered a wide range of pests so that fits in well with people from different areas. These workshops are vitally important and the best way to get some action in your local communities.” The training sessions had theory and practical components, with Mark Lamb from Mark Lamb Trapping giving a variety of demonstrations and providing hands- on training. Whilst the agenda was relatively flexible and tailored towards the audience, the main focus points included: • identifying scats, sign and other evidence • monitoring techniques (including sand pads and motion sensor cameras) • effective placement of baits, CPEs and foothold traps • the key principles of effective pest control (broadscale, integrated, cooperative and coordinated). Mark pointed out three key take home messages from the day: 1. To be effective in pest control, landholders and land managers must be coordinated. Mark encouraged the participants to begin to form groups and undertake coordinated, cooperative and broadscale pest control activities. 2. Monitor your property. Mark encouraged participants to go home and begin monitoring using some of the techniques discussed on the day to gauge the distribution and abundance of pest animals on their respective properties. 3. Take the control activities to the pest. Mark emphasised to the group to be more efficient with pest control activities. By using simple monitoring techniques and assessing the landscape, landholders can begin to pick and choose locations where control activities will be more effective. Attendances at these five workshops resulted in a total of 64 people either gaining or updating their 1080, CPE, PAPP and Pindone accreditations. The positive feedback received from participants and the high number of attendees suggests that this training package is an effective way of helping woolgrowers update their skills and knowledge about controlling wild dogs and other pest animals. Evaluations of these workshops showed that, on average, participants scored the day 8.7 out of 10. Of those who completed evaluations, 96% of participants (representing a total of >1,130,800 ha of managed land) indicated that they would now be making changes to their canid predator control as a result of attending the day. Changes to be made mainly included purchasing and using CPEs, commencing monitoring for wild dogs and fox populations to determine the scale of the issue, beginning coordinated and integrated control programs and improving their use of motion sensor cameras. Local Land Services Western Region Land Services Officer Shae Brennan, who was at the Ivanhoe and Hillston workshops, thought the participants took a number of important messages away including how important it is to work collaboratively with each other. “It is crucial landholders share information about what they are seeing on their property and in their area when it involves the management of wild dogs, foxes and other pest animals,” Ms Brennan said. “Forming or joining a local pest control group is a great way to keep informed about pest animal activity and we know from past experience that having a coordinated plan in place between landholders and their neighbours delivers the best results.” MORE INFORMATION www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au Woolgrowers and other landholders have increased their knowledge of wild dog and fox control and received important accreditation, following recent workshops including 1080 and Canid Pest Ejector (CPE) training held in south-western NSW. WILD DOG AND FOX WORKSHOPS INCREASE KNOWLEDGE AND ACCREDITATION Mark Lamb from Mark Lamb Trapping demonstrates the correct use of a Canid Pest Ejector (CPE) to attendees at the Pooncarie 1080 CPE training and wild dog control workshop. Subsidised CPE kits were offered as an incentive to the training/workshops due to funding provided by AWI. CPE kits consisted of five CPE units and additional equipment. A total of 32 subsidised CPE kits were purchased as a result of the training/workshops. 38 ON FARM