Work­ing dogs on the agenda

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

NEIL McDon­ald is run­ning his pop­u­lar Work­ing Dog and Live­stock Han­dling Work­shop in Bal­berra soon.

Ju­liane Ka­siske, Land­care fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Mackay Whit­sun­day Isaac re­gion, is sup­port­ing the work­shop to teach Cen­tral Queens­land gra­ziers to be proac­tive in soil health and pas­ture man­age­ment.

Mr McDon­ald’s schools will teach work­ing safely and ef­fi­ciently with the help of work­ing dogs.

Gra­ziers in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the three-day work­shop from Septem­ber 28 to 30 are en­cour­aged to bring their dogs and swags.

Gra­zier Rhys Daniels from Theresa Downs, Capella, said: “When I started down this path eight years ago, I wouldn’t sug­gest we had a prob­lem with live­stock be­fore.

“The changes we made from what we learnt have made han­dling live­stock far sim­pler, eas­ier, safer, bet­ter for the an­i­mals, and more prof­itable,” Mr Daniels said.

Reef Catch­ments is of­fer­ing a $200 dis­count to the first 15 par­tic­i­pants.

There will also be a free net­work­ing bar­be­cue din­ner on the Fri­day night.

To book, con­tact Ju­liane Ka­siske on 0488 730 021.

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