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Beyond the Bale : February 2010
FAST FACTS l Australia has a significant problem with wild dogs. l The Invasive Animals CRC is working on a new bait product that has shown promise in trials on wild dogs. l Unlike current baits, the PAPP- based product has an antidote in case a working dog or pet consumes it. Sheep farmer Angus Kelly and his four-legged friend Mick, who survived eating the new PAPP poisoned bait by being given an antidote. PHOTO: CHARMAINE WRAY Mick gets a second chance It's an Australian icon: the loyal working dog at the farmer's side. These four- legged colleagues are held in such high esteem that some landholders and pest-control agencies are reluctant to lay poisoned baits for feral pests in case working dogs accidentally eat the bait. Central West NSW sheep farmer Angus Kelly thinks all that could change if a reliable antidote to baits was available. Angus participated in wild dog and fox baiting trials in the Central West in July last year. The Central West is one of six areas in Australia to trial the use of para- aminopropiophenone (PAPP), which kills wild dogs and foxes but poses limited risks to many other animals. Importantly, unlike current baits, the PAPP-based product has an antidote in development, should a working dog or pet eat it. While it's no silver bullet, PAPP trials are showing promising results on several fronts. Not only has there been success in demonstrating its effectiveness against its targets as a humane bait, but it has also meant that Angus Kelly's dog, Mick, has had a second chance at life, along with five other working dogs during the trial. "We were laying baits as part of the trials and I normally have the dogs tied up, but I brought Mick fencing with me," Angus explains. "I didn't put a muzzle on him and at one stage realised he'd gone off. I called him straight back." Mick came back when called, but Angus says he was staggering and dopey "like he'd been bitten by a snake". Angus drove the dog 20 kilometres to the vet in Dubbo. At the vet, vomiting was induced. Signs didn't point to a snake bite. Small beads that were placed in the research baits were present in Mick's vomit providing a certain commercialisation manager Dr Simon Humphrys says PAPP and the antidote are still in the development stage. "We're finalising field trials as part of the registration process for the PAPP- based bait at the moment," Dr Humphrys says. "Because this is a totally new poison, we're probably looking at a couple of years in review before the product is available. The trials are showing substantial drops in wild dog and fox activity following baiting. For the first time, many farmers are finding dead foxes during baiting." More information: Dr Simon Humphrys, 08 8357 1222, www.invasiveanimals.com sign that the dog had eaten a test bait while off his lead. Fortunately for Mick, vets in the region had been provided with the antidote before the trials began. "The vet gave Mick a shot and I watched the dog spring back to life in front of me," Angus says. With support from AWI, the Invasive Animals CRC is leading the PAPP bait and antidote development project, in conjunction with commercial partner Animal Control Technologies, producers of the currently available baiting product containing 1080, called DOGGONE®. Invasive Animals CRC 18 WOOL PRODUCTION February 2010 BEYOND THE BALE
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