DEBATE about best tactics to reduce wild dog problem.
DEBATE about best tactics to reduce wild dog problem.

Graziers to be given more access to baits

LANDHOLDERS will get easier access to 1080 baits to help the fight against pest animals.

Only Queensland Health accredited public sector employees can provide the bait to rural landholders presently but a new plan will allow graziers and other private suppliers to inject the baits on properties.

These people will need appropriate certification.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh, speaking in Charleville, said this would deliver fast and efficient 1080 baiting services to landholders to control wild dogs.

"Wild dogs cost the Queensland grazing industry $60 million a year in lost production and cause untold pain and suffering to farm animals and emotional stress to their owners," he said.

The LNP also made several changes last year to make baiting easier, including downgrading the meat quality for baiting from human-consumption grade.

Livestock destroyed on-property can now be used as bait meat.

The meat can be taken to a baiting station for injection with 1080 and then distributed to neighbours and other graziers to use in coordinated baiting programs.

Mr McVeigh said the Queensland Dog Offensive Group would assist in implementing the changes.

"Providing graziers with even more flexibility will assist them reduce on-farm production losses and help us achieve our target of doubling agriculture production by 2040," he said.

For more information on effective eradication of pest animals, visit www.daff.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.



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