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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
To help woolgrowers who are considering, planning, building or maintaining wild dog exclusion fencing, AWI has produced a guide that provides an overview and photos of successful exclusion fences already built on other properties. AWI has produced a 36-page practical guide to wild dog exclusion fencing for woolgrowers that provides an overview of many types of exclusion fences that are being used successfully by Australian woolgrowers to protect their sheep, and also control total grazing pressure. “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,” said AWI Program Manager Vertebrate Pests, Ian Evans. “Having the capacity to keep wild dogs out of a property or properties, and get rid of the wild dogs inside the fence, is the key to future long-term freedom from wild dog predation. “AWI has therefore put together this practical guide for woolgrowers, with the help of woolgrowers who have already built exclusion fences, fencing contractors, extension officers and representatives from fencing supply companies in WA, Qld, Vic and NSW.” The guide aims to: • show what a number of woolgrowers have already done to manage their wild dog problem • give an overview of the most popular designs and materials for exclusion fencing to help woolgrowers assess the suitability of those designs and materials for their own business • identify and resolve challenges that woolgrowers may encounter when building and maintaining their own exclusion fencing • provide access to a variety of useful resources (links to fencing suppliers) that may help woolgrowers when designing and building their own exclusion fencing. The guide covers various types of exclusion fencing, including prefabricated exclusion fencing, plain wire electric fencing and electric offsets. It also provides advice on protecting weak spots – such as gateways, grids, public roadways, gullies and waterways – which are particularly vulnerable as wild dog access points. Theaimoftheguideisnottobean ‘instruction manual for how to build an exclusion fence’ – 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. To complement the new guide, and to provide more information about wild dog behaviour The practical guide will be continually updated and maintained on the AWI website as new information and photos become available. Have you already erected wild dog exclusion fencing on your property? If so, AWI welcomes feedback on and input to the guide. Please send in photos of your exclusion fencing to AWI. Not only will you be helping your fellow woolgrowers combat wild dogs, but you will receive some woollen socks as thanks from AWI. Please send your (high resolution) photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, property name, address and phone number in your email. Also include a brief description of what each photo depicts. Note: By sending image(s) to AWI, you will be giving AWI full ownership of the image(s). This will enable AWI to use and supply the image(s) as it sees fit, including but not restricted to inclusion in updated editions of the fencing guide, AWI’s 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. INPUT FROM WOOLGROWERS VERY WELCOME and wild dog exclusion fencing, AWI is also making available the 14-page Kondinin Group Research Report Exclusion Fencing, Fighting Ferals that was produced in January last year. MORE INFORMATION Both publications are available for free on the AWI website at www.wool.com/exclusionfencing. Hard copies are also available by calling the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. For further information, contact AWI Program Manager Vertebrate Pests, Ian Evans, on 0427 773 005 or email@example.com Kondinin Group’s Research Report ‘Exclusion Fencing, Fighting Ferals’ is also available to download free from www.wool. com/exclusionfencing AWI’s new practical guide to wild dog exclusion fencing – available free from AWI. Independent information for agriculture ResearchReport Kondinin Group JANUARY 2016 No. 288 www.farmingahead.com.au EXCLUSION FENCING FIGHTING FERALS WILD DOG EXCLUSION FENCING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR WOOLGROWERS 38 ON FARM