Recent attacks on cattle a reminder to local farmers to bait for wild dogs
Southern Downs Regional Council encourages the region’s
farmers to bait for wild dogs following a recent attack on cattle.
The attack in the Elbow Valley area is a reminder to
Southern Downs farmers that wild dogs pose a threat to cattle as well as the
sheep and wool industry.
More farmers participating in wild dog baiting assists the
region achieve more comprehensive control of dogs and helps reduce future
Council provides free 1080 wild dog baiting services to
landholders in the Southern Downs region, and undertake four to six coordinated
programs per year. Landholders can also request reactive baiting.
Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability
Cameron Gow said regular, coordinated 1080 baiting is the most effective wild
dog control method.
“Council’s regular ground baiting program when coupled with
trapping and shooting has seen wild dog numbers reduce drastically in the
region where the program has taken place,” Cr Gow said.
“In September, Council conducted another round of our
coordinated ground baiting programs across the Southern Downs.
“During the latest round, Council also deployed
approximately 25,000 baits in inaccessible areas using a helicopter.”
Local landholder Paul Maher helps coordinate dog baiting for
local farmers, and says wild dog attacks are a problem in the region.
“I see dogs on my property regularly, and have had problems
with dogs attacking cattle in the past,” Mr Maher said.
“From my own experience, I know that baiting along with
trapping and shooting works to control dogs, and I tell other farmers to do the
SDRC, along with the Toowoomba and Goondiwindi Regional
Councils, receive funding through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative (QFPI)
to undertake strategic wild dog baiting across the region.
Council’s next round of coordinated wild dog, fox and feral
pig baiting will run from Wednesday, 14 November to Friday 16 November.
Council also conducts landholder training and planning
through funding and support from the QFPI and Granite Borders Landcare
For more information on Council’s 1080 wild dog baiting
program and the baiting occurring in November, please contact Craig Magnussen,
Senior Local Laws Officer (Pest Management) on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Council’s Invasive Pest Control
Scheme, please visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au.
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