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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 incidents.

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 same.”

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 Committee.

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

For more information on Council’s Invasive Pest Control Scheme, please visit

To keep up to date with news and information for the Southern Downs, please make sure to visit Council’s Facebook page.

Injured Cattle

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