WILD DOGS: The Upper Paroo Sustainable Production Group ran its first aerial baiting program of the year on Wednesday, covering 300,000ha in upper Paroo.
WILD DOGS: The Upper Paroo Sustainable Production Group ran its first aerial baiting program of the year on Wednesday, covering 300,000ha in upper Paroo. Cathy Zwick

The war on wild dogs continues in southwest

WILD dogs continue to have a large impact on livestock in the southwest, with towns banding together to tackle the problem.

At the forefront of the fight is the Balonne Shire council, which is seeking expressions of interest for exclusion fencing funded by council loans.

"Longreach put in a project about two years ago, where they spoke to their property owners and through expressions of interest found out who was interested in exclusion fencing,” Balonne mayor Richard Marsh said.

"They took this to the Queensland Treasury corporation and borrowed (an amount) and progressively loaned that back to the farmers who wanted to put exclusion fencing on their properties.

"The Queensland Treasury are trying to improve the economic development of the region. They lend money to the councils at a reasonable rate, and the councils on-lend that to the property owners.

"In Balonne, we are now looking for expressions of interest from our property owners and those will go out in the next couple of weeks.

"When we get that back we can determine the level of interest and we will develop the finer details.”

Cr Marsh said he believed the loans would provide accessibility to cluster fencing, which in turn would help to protect stock in the area.

"I think it's a great idea, because (the shire) has been a great sheep growing area in the past, sheep can survive on less fodder and with their wool there is variation with what you can do with sheep.

"The exclusion fencing is important to protect the sheep and the objective is to build the fence and rid the property of dogs, and then you don't have those attacks on your sheep.”

Cr Marsh said the exclusion fence loan program in Longreach had helped boost lambing results.

The Paroo shire have adopted another measure in their fight against the dogs.

The Upper Paroo Sustainable Production Group has undertaken its first aerial baiting program designed to eradicate the strays. The program was completed on Wednesday, covering over 300,000ha on 16 properties across the Upper Paroo catchment area.

Graziers have reported wild dogs in the area had camped at dams and troughs, stopping livestock from accessing limited water supplies and, in one case, killing a calf.


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