Guardian dogs hold promise of wild dog control

Peter and Marie Crook-King and their daughter Julie Brown are optimistic they’ve turned a corner after three tough years of devastating wild dog attacks, thanks in part to the Maremma dogs they have guarding their flock of 2600 Merinos. It’s not before time. In the 2013-14 financial year the Crook-Kings lost 900 adult sheep and … Read more

Meeting the wild dog challenge at Longreach

Coordinated regional groups are an effective method in taking on the wild dog challenge in Queensland. It’s not a new concept, but one Queensland group has proven that good communication and using information collected by the group to make more informed decisions can effectively take control of dog problems. The South Dog Action Working Group … Read more

Excluding dogs once and for all at Banff Downs

Morven grazier Tim Williams is running more stock than ever and hasn’t had a problem with wild dogs thanks to a decision to put in exclusion fencing in 2012. He has even increased the carrying capacity of his property ‘Banff Downs’ by more than 10 per cent despite a two and half year dry period, … Read more

Making the move into electric fencing

When Alan Forrest diversified and introduced goats to his sheep and wool operation in the early 2000s, he also made the move to electric fencing and has not looked back since. Alan is a firm believer that electricity is most cost effective way to maintain the integrity of fencing, by reducing the pressure from both … Read more

Cotton seed feeder design saving time and money

A modified feeder design has taken some of the hard work out of feeding cotton seed to ewes for Nindigully producer Jeff Betts. Mr Betts built the feeder from basic materials to solve the labour problems associated with regular feeding of cotton seed, as well as the problems of managing shy feeders during trail-feeding. Jeff … Read more

Worm control lessons at Quilpie – a producer case study

A very wet season in 2010-11 proved to Brian and Kylie Rutledge of ‘Moble’ near Quilpie that worms can cause losses even in semi-arid regions of Queensland. The Rutledges’ suspected a problem when they observed that their stock were not performing despite the great season.  A worm test confirmed the populations were high and sheep … Read more

Using donkeys as guardian animals for livestock

This presentation was prepared and presented by Bruce McLeish at a predator control field day in Inglewood (November 2013).  Bruce is the Queensland and New South Wales Wool Manager for Elders Rural Services.  He is also a commercial sheep and wool producer with wife Angela and his father at ‘Warahgai’, Karara.  In this presentation Bruce … Read more