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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
June 2011 BEYOND THE BALE 24 ON-FARM administrative assistance from the Esperence Shire, a group was formed that began a local effort to help control wild dogs in the Esperance area of WA. Six years later in 2010, The Northern Mallee Declared Species Group (NMDSG) became incorporated in the Esperance area and now has 100 members, as well as 16 corporate members and employs two full time doggers. Chairman of the NMDSG, Scott Pickering says already this year they have put out 23,000 baits. "We've found baiting to definitely have an impact on wild dog numbers," Mr Pickering says. "We have a very strategic approach to baiting; we'll look at dog activity and find the best places to put baits for the best results. "We've found baiting has been very effective especially when the young dogs are moving about. "We also use a lot of hand baiting, which allows us to be very specific in where we bait, while aerial baiting from a plane is good and efficient, you can't really put it exactly where you want it in this type of country." Scott says the Wild Dog Management Planning Workshops are important in keeping wild dogs at bay. "It is about educating landholders about how traps work, how to track a dog and to highlight to them the sort of damage wild dogs do to sheep and the best way to use baits. "While we are getting some good results at the moment, we cannot afford to take out eyes of the ball. "The NMDSG is quite strong and proactive at the moment, but if there is a change in the group we could be back to where we were five years ago," Mr Pickering concedes. While baiting and trapping are working for the moment, the long term goal of the NMDSG is to get a barrier fence around the Esperance area. "This will be the best way of controlling the dogs in the long-term; it will also help the croppers as it will keep the emus out too," Mr Pickering says. Other local wild dog management groups similar to the NMDSG, such as the Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association and the Gawler Ranges (SA), have linked in with funding from AWI to help deliver workshops to producers. These groups are proactive and work entirely to benefit producers. "The best part about this group is it is run by farmers for farmers, there is little bureaucracy," Mr Pickering says. "If the NMDSG wasn't here working on the problem, dogs would be out of control here in Esperance. We can have all the support in the world to manage the problem but at the end of the day nothing will get better unless we get off our arse and do it!" More information: www.invasiveanimals. com/research/goals/goal-1 www.wool.com/pestanimals CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 "THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS GROUP IS IT IS RUN BY FARMERS FOR FARMERS, THERE IS LITTLE BUREAUCRACY" SCOTT PICKERING Glanvac® at weaning Glanvac® at marking Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, 38--42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114. ABN 50 008 422 348. ® Registered Trademark of Pfizer Australia. PAL0395/BB For heavier, healthier lambs Remember to Glanvac twice Don't leave your lambs at risk from Cheesy Gland and Clostridial diseases this season. Vaccinate them TWICE with Glanvac B12 -- the second dose is vital for protective immunity and to optimise lamb survival and growth. For more information talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist or call 1800 335 374. www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.au Sheep Health. Performance. Growth.