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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
ON FARM 45 To effectively control wild dogs, an exclusion fence must be regularly monitored and maintained to prevent incursions by pest animals. MY EXCLUSION FENCE IS BUILT, NOW WHAT? From the interest shown in the workshop held at the end of May, it appears that exclusion fencing is relevant to a large number of property owners in the region. The workshop was run by AWI’s state network in Queensland, Leading Sheep, and was attended by 37 woolgrowers and other stakeholders. The emphasis was on property owners who have finished or nearly finished constructing an exclusion fence. “The workshop generated a significant amount of interest in the St George region and further afield,” said organiser Jed Sommerfield, who is on the South West committee of Leading Sheep and is an Extension Officer at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). “Feedback received at the workshop showed that the topics, presenters and format were very relevant to producers. Almost all attendees said they had learned something new and would recommend the workshop to others. Three-quarters said they intend to make changes on their properties as a result of attending the workshop.” A workshop at St George in Queensland provided practical information for producers who have constructed exclusion fencing. There were six presenters covering six topics. Maintaining your exclusion fence Two producers from Bollon, Bob Brown of ‘Heather Station’ and Stephen Tinkler of ‘Cardiff ’, provided tips and tricks for constructing and maintaining an exclusion fence. Some of the take home messages were that site preparation saves you money in the long run; maintain roads because it makes monitoring easier, cheaper and quicker; and fix any damage as soon as possible. Local knowledge and cooperation – St George producer Rod Avery, who is also the Chairman of the Balonne Shire Wild Dog Committee, provided local knowledge and experience of managing the wild dog population in the Balonne Shire. He emphasised the importance of cooperation amongst landholders to help control wild dogs, inside and outside of exclusion fencing. He also said that exclusion fencing won’t solve all the wild dog problems, but it is another very useful management tool to be used – other control methods are still needed. Photo sites – Jed Sommerfield spoke about how to establish, monitor and use ‘photo sites’ on a property, which are where a series of photographs are taken over time to monitor short-term or long-term physical changes, for example changes in pasture. Photographic records provide a permanent visual record of change on a property without reliance on memory or taking physical measurements. Motion activated cameras – Jed also spoke about how to measure and monitor pest numbers by setting up motion activated cameras to capture photos of pests. Common weeds – DAF Senior Biosecurity Officer John Cuskelly discussed common weeds to the area, how to take a photo to assist in the identification of plants (take a photo of the lead, stem, flower and seed) and the different types of treatment for different weeds. Damage Mitigation Permits – Luke Male from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science provided information on how to apply and act on Damage Mitigation Permits as well as how to comply with the current legislation. To help woolgrowers who are considering, planning, building or maintaining wild dog exclusion fencing, AWI has produced a free 36-page guide that provides an overview and photos of successful exclusion fences already built by woolgrowers on other properties. To complement the AWI guide, AWI is also making available the 14-page Kondinin Group Research Report Exclusion Fencing, Fighting Ferals that was produced in January 2016. 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. AWI PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WILD DOG EXCLUSION FENCING FEEDBACK FROM PRODUCERS ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP “It was great to attend a workshop that had a positive vibe.” “Excellent speakers on range of different relevant topics.” “It is good to hear what others are doing and whether their ideas can help you.” MY EXCLUSION FENCE IS BUILT, NOW WHAT?
In the Shops - September 2018