Feral pests cost farmers thousands while waiting for licence
EVERY year feral animals cost Australia's agricultural sector billions of dollars - and the losses sustained by Dingo producer Hugh Rea unfortunately help make up that figure.
The commercial cattleman recently spent more than $20,000 improving his pastures for his cattle, but they've lost of quarter of it to pests like pigs and kangaroos.
But Hugh struggled to keep the problem under control while his employee waited for his firearms licence to come through - a process which took 10 months.
Hugh believes the process should be streamlined so people in primary industries can deal with the problem quickly, instead of having to wait months for a licence while pests destroy his income.
"We're trying to improve pastures, and feral animals are a big problem," he said.
"If you go and join a shooting club you can get your licence in two weeks, so why should somebody who's losing thousands of dollars have to wait 10 months?"
The Shooters Union president, Graham Park, said the problem was the legislation didn't specify a timeframe on when licences had to be issued.
"Agriculture is very time sensitive," he said.
"If you've got a crop and suddenly there's an infestation of wild pigs, you've got to be able to deal with it straight away.
"We're calling on the government to look at this like any other commercial operation and streamline it as much as possible."