New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed

SOME of the latest tools to help control predators of sheep and lambs will be discussed during a webinar and phone seminar next week.
New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed New tools for sheep predator control to be discussed

A webinar next week will focus on sheep and lamb predator control. Picture Mark Saunders.

Staff writer

Hosted by Agriculture Victoria's BestWool/BestLamb network, the predator management webinar/phone seminar will feature the latest information from the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.

Project Leader Sheep Industry Development, Alison Desmond, said the webinar/phone seminar would draw on the knowledge of National Wild Dog Management co-ordinator Greg Mifsud.

"Greg has extensive experience working with farmers and communities on collaborative approaches to the management of predators and dealing with the impact on business and community wellbeing," Desmond said.

The one-hour online webinar/phone seminar will be used to discuss collaborative approaches to dealing with predator management.

Participants can join in via an online portal or listen to the audio on their landline or mobile phones.

"Wild dog and fox management strategies are most successful when a cooperative management plan is developed between landowners and land managers, as these animals do not recognise fences or borders," Desmond said.

"It is an important first step to scope the target, developing a plan of action, practicing that action plan and evaluating the success of those actions," she said.

The webinar will feature an overview of the impact of predators on lambing percentages and farm business, applying best practice baiting techniques on farm, the use of Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs), working dog safety and smart phone apps.

The seminar is taking place on Thursday 5 March from 7.30pm.

Participants can join the online portal or listen to the audio via their landline or mobile.
Please register for the event by visiting http://bit.ly/2r0SL1Z

For more information contact Tess McDougall on tess.mcdougall@agriculture.vic.gov.au or 0409 841 492.

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