Pest Animal Field Day
A ‘Bait Preparation’ field day will be held at “Hawkesley Park”, 10 Mile Rd, Deepwater on Thursday 3rd April from 8:30am to 2pm. The field day will cover grain types and how to prepare grain for feral pig control as well as how to integrate bait types and poison delivery techniques for all pest animal management. Predator control will also be discussed with practical demonstrations on how to breakdown a carcass, boning and bait size for wild dog and fox control.
A second field day on ‘Identifying signs of pest animals and bait placement’ will be run at “Strathbogie Station”, Strathbogie Rd, Emmaville on Friday 4th April from 8:30am to 1pm. This out in the paddock field trip will help land managers improve bait uptake through an increased understanding of how pest animals utilise the landscape and the identification of key travel ways and cross over points. Tracks, scats and other signs will also be covered for multiple species including feral pigs, wild dogs, foxes and feral cats.
The field days are being run by Landcare, the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and NSW National Parks to help landmanagers develop practical skills to assist them in managing pest animals on their property.
As much of northern NSW battles with extremely dry conditions the impact of pest animals is another stress to add to the mix. Pest animals cause significant impact to agriculture, the environment and our community annually. Project Officer for New England North West Landcare, Bec Ballard said that pest animals impact more than just the environment and agricultural production.
“A major impact of pest animals that is often overlooked is the stress they cause communities. Predation of livestock or the destruction of crops and pastures has a major impact on families.
To help land managers and the community implement effective control a number of practical training activities will be run throughout the Northern Tablelands over the next few months” she said.
These activities are run as a part of the “Regional Pest Animal Community Extension Program”, supported by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the NSW Government and the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program.