Pests cost us

Workshop hears people need to work together

NO ACCOUNTABILTY: Springhurst beef producer Harvey Benton questions Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) biosecurity manager John Matthews (right) about regulations on pest animal control at Friday’s Victorian Farmers Federation workshop in Glenrowan. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

INVASIVE animal management was the talk of Glenrowan when about 35 people showed up to a workshop on Friday.

Pest animals cost Australian producers millions of dollars in livestock losses each year and the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) put on the workshop to help attendees in their assault against wild dogs, foxes and rabbits.

A section about how to deal with on-farm diseases such as Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) in sheep was also presented.

Jamie Dennison from Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA), a Melbourne based bait manufacturer, highlighted the imperativeness for producers to work together in a multifaceted approach to control invasive animals.

He talked about the best practice in laying baits, including rules and regulations.

“Landholders should use the three prong approach of making sure they bait, trap and shoot pest animals, because without this there isn’t any (quantifiable) result,” he said.

“Communities have to approach the problem together or they won’t come out of the problem.

“Government has to understand the landholder more, as to regulations, and not restrict them as much when baiting, trapping or shooting is required.”

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