Pest Prevention Takes Flight Over Paroo

To reduce wild dog attacks on livestock, the Upper Paroo Sustainable Production Group (UPSPG) has undertaken its first aerial baiting program for 2018.

With assistance from South West NRM, Biosecurity Queensland, and the Quilpie, Murweh and Paroo Shire Councils, the 1080 baiting program was completed on Wednesday, February 21, covering over 300,000ha on 16 properties across the Upper Paroo catchment area.

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

At another property, graziers were forced to remove sheep because of the significant threats posed by wild dogs.

UPSPG Secretary Cathy Zwick says three tons of meat were treated on site at two airstrips.

“UPSPG, with assistance from South West NRM, applied for funding under the National Landcare Programme late last year and received sufficient funding to undertake an aerial baiting program,” Ms Zwick says.

“This is very much a catchment and community support run program.”

UPSPG’s aerial baiting program took place at the halfway mark between bi-yearly Council programs.

UPSPG focuses on covering Landcare issues, introduction of sustainability practices and supporting diversification and viability of properties.

The organisation also receives a wide range of opportunities, workshops, training and grants from South West NRM, AWI, Future Beef, Leading Sheep, MLA, local councils, and State and Federal Government bodies.

“This ensures that any relevant opportunities reach our landholders in a timely manner,” Ms Zwick says.

 

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Prepared by Martin Volz, Media Officer, martin.volz@swnrm.org.au

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