Protect your bottom line - join Feral Fighters
12 February 2019
The message is simple – protect your bottom line.
“Farmers have spent a lot of money and time trying to retain stock lately, particularly their breeders, so on the back of that I think this year it’s even more important for them to join their local pest control group,” said Riverina Local Land Services Team Leader Invasive Species and Plant Health Toby O’Brien.
“If you lose even a couple of lambs from foxes, the way the market has been that eats in to your profit very quickly.”
“With limited feed and water, and scarce groundcover, pests are much easier to see at the moment and by organising groups of farmers in the one location to bait at the same time we get a much better knockdown.”
Riverina Local Land Services has locked in 100 bait collection points across the region from February to April. Landholders can order baits and pick them up at a location close to their property, Mr O’Brien said.
“This is our fifth year running our Feral Fighters program, and we’ve got 90 fox control groups set up in the Riverina,” he said.
“There’s always gaps in the district though and room for improvement – but all landholders have a General Biosecurity Duty (GBD) which includes obligations to your neighbours.”
“This includes everyone regardless of your operation. Even if you don’t run livestock, pests are still having significant impact on your pastures and crops, and irreversible effects on our native animals and environment, which is everyone’s responsibility.”
Last year Riverina Local Land Services distributed 157,857 baits to 2406 landholders.
“We hope to build on this number in a big way this year. The first 30 meat baits are free, and by being a part of your local control group you can know you’re pulling your weight in your region.”
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