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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
27 SELLING MORE WOOL 27 ON-FARM December 2013 BEYOND THE BALE With wild dogs being the single biggest factor holding back wool production in Queensland, local woolgrowers flocked to the ’Predator Control Field Day’ held at Longreach in July. Organised by AWI’s Leading Sheep state network, the all-day event at the Showgrounds was a one-stop-shop where producers had the opportunity to look at the different predator control methods available and talk to the experts about these products. The day was a mixture of displays and presentations. Participants were able to view products such as trap types and accessories, remote monitoring cameras, manufactured baits, pig baiting stations, fence types and fencing machines. “More than 200 people attended including producers, agents, company reps and students,” said organiser Alex Stirton, Leading Sheep’s extension officer. “Throughout the Field Day there were presentations from fellow producers about their experiences with some of the displayed control methods – including a Jim Miller, Wild Dog Officer with Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland DAFF, gives a wild dog trapping demonstration at the ’Predator Control Field Day’ held at Longreach. FAST FACTS l The ’Predator Control Field Day’ held at Longreach, Queensland in July was a popular event. l The day was a mixture of presentations and displays, and provided producers with an opportunity to share their experiences of wild dog control. l The event was organised by AWI’s state network in Queensland, Leading Sheep. Exclusion fencing control • Bill Chandler, ’Hillalong’, Barcaldine – producer experiences • David Counsell, ’Dunblane’, Barcaldine – producer experiences • Jenny Keogh, ’Amaroo’, Blackall – Central West ’Check Fence’ proposal Guardian animal control • Karen Huskisson, ’Wattle Downs’, The Gums – the use of Maremmas • Rod Ross, ’Glenthomson’, Longreach – the use of donkeys Wild dog trapping demonstration • Jim Miller, Wild Dog Officer, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Invasive Animals CRC PestSmart publications were also available on the day. The Leading Sheep program is a partnership between AWI, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and AgForce. Its highest priority is combatting the predation of livestock. Locally, the program aims to lower predation by facilitating planning and coordinated action by key stakeholders. Statewide, the program aims to improve the efficiency of the effort to lower predation by using the Leading Sheep model to share knowledge and information with government and industry stakeholders. Other priorities of Leading Sheep include animal nutrition, animal health, business optimisation, and the marketing and selling of wool and sheep meat. More information: www.leadingsheep.com.au www.wool.com/pestanimals PREDATOR CONTROL ON SHOW AT LONGREACH trapping demonstration, guardian animals and exclusion fencing. There were also updates on coordinated control methods and some of the new work that is happening in Queensland’s central west. “The field day was open to everyone. Participants could come and go throughout the day as they wish. Due to the success of this day, we are looking at holding some more of these events around the state early next year.” Feedback from the day indicates that attendees rated the day as 8.6 out of 10 for satisfaction and 100 per cent would recommend the event to others. 95 per cent of attendees said they learnt something new by attending and 59 per cent intend to make a change on their property as a result. Attendees said the event had a very practical ’on ground’ feel. “All the speakers were really good and the displays were a credit to the organisers and the company reps involved,” commented a producer. “Every aspect of predator control was covered and anyone that couldn’t attend missed a great chance to view and learn from all the options available to producers. Leading Sheep continues to present great material for sheep producers to learn from.” Information sessions during the day included: Coordinated predator control • Brett Carlsson, AWI’s Queensland Wild Dog Coordinator, AgForce • Peter Whyte, Winton Wild Dog Management Advisory Committee chairman, producer • Jade Fraser, Desert Channels Queensland – pest mapping