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Beyond the Bale : June 2014
31 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l A coordinated baiting program, driven by local landholders, across 500km in north-western NSW is helping to minimise stock losses from wild dogs. l Aerial baiting, with funds sourced through AWI's 'Community Wild Dog Control Initiative', was implemented in conjunction with a ground baiting operation. l The AWI-funded wild dog coordinator for western NSW is working with stakeholders in the region to help achieve sustained on-the-ground control of wild dogs. Baiting program success in western NSW properties and ground bait 40 properties covering a total area of 3.2 million hectares," Mr Duncan said. "The aerial baiting was conducted at a rate of 10 baits per kilometre across 500km of very inaccessible and remote terrain, starting at the Barrier then working up through the ranges towards Tilpa and around towards Wanaaring. "We had a group of landholders who all worked together across different areas. As well as the aerial baiting, the people baiting on the ground were all coordinated, so everyone was baiting together at the same time over a large area to maximise the effect. "It was an intense period but at the end of the day, we got the job done and the result is a group baiting initiative which has a far better influence over minimising stock losses than individual property baiting programs." Mr Duncan emphasised that collaboration and coordination between local landholders was vital. "It's important to highlight the benefit of focusing on the 'common' wild dog problem rather than attributing ownership of the dogs to individual June 2014 BEYOND THE BALE AWI-funded wild dog coordinator Bruce Duncan (centre) talking to local producers at White Cliffs in north west NSW. Funding is available to groups under AWI's 'Community Wild Dog Control Initiative'. Applications are open to new groups as well as those groups that have completed projects previously funded by AWI. If you would like to apply, please complete the Community Wild Dog Control Initiative application form available at www.wool.com/pestanimals and submit it along with a map and project budget to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need clarification or assistance please contact Taran Blyth at AWI on (02) 8295 3164. AWI Community Wild Dog Control Initiative Funding Available land managers. Through a consultative process local farmers can take part in group decision making and can identify and pursue the resources required to successfully implement a local and regional solution. "In western NSW, coordination is particularly important when dealing with wild dog issues because distances to travel are greater and there are a larger number of absentee landowners." Mr Duncan's position in western NSW is funded by AWI with a focus on enhancing wild dog programs already in place and helping new groups to form to reduce livestock predation by wild dogs. His position complements AWI funding for wild dog coordinators currently in Victoria and Queensland. More information: Bruce Duncan, 0409 515 471, email@example.com. The recent success of an aerial baiting program in north-western NSW, implemented in conjunction with ground baiting, is expected to be replicated by other landholder groups working together, according to AWI-funded wild dog coordinator Bruce Duncan. Mr Duncan, who was appointed last year as the NSW Farmers' Association wild dog coordinator for the Western Division of NSW, said the baiting program carried out in the Tilpa-Wanaaring region had been well received by the local community which had been experiencing ongoing wild dog attacks on livestock. Mr Duncan worked closely with Local Land Services biosecurity officers to facilitate and support the local pest management groups in the region. The initiative was driven by local landholders, and was the first time a group of landholders in the region had worked together to aerial bait this 500 km part of north-western NSW. The funding to assist with the aerial baiting expenses was made through AWI's 'Community Wild Dog Control Initiative'. "We have worked with two landholder groups to access funding to aerial bait 15