How­long farmer wins boat in Fox Dog Lotto

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Gra­ham Wil­son, from ‘Kis­met’ at How­long, won the Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices Fox and Wild Dog Lotto when the grand prize was an­nounced at the re­cent Henty Field Days.

The win­ners of the alu­minium boat and trailer for both Mur­ray and Rive­rina Lo­cal Land Ser­vices re­gions were an­nounced at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days by the Hon. Bron­nie Tay­lor MLC,

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Deputy Premier, who trav­elled to the event for the an­nounce­ment.

Mr Wil­son said he had bought baits from Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices in their wild dog and fox

bait­ing pro­grams dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion pe­riod, but had been in­volved in fox con­trol for years.

“Be­ing in­volved in prime lamb pro­duc­tion and run­ning a Poll Dorset stud, it’s just es­sen­tial that we keep on top of foxes,” he said. “I can’t imag­ine how many lambs we would lose with­out bait­ing, but I know that in dol­lar terms it would add up to a con­sid­er­able amount.

“We buy our baits from Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices reg­u­larly and its bet­ter when we all work to­gether to tackle these prob­lems.”

Mr Wil­son will re­ceive his prize in the coming weeks and is ex­cited to put it to good use.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve it, but I have lived all my life on the river but never owned a boat, so I guess that’s about to change,” he said.

Mrs Tay­lor said she was pleased with the way Fox and Wild Dog Lotto had gone in its in­au­gu­ral trial this year.

“It’s given Lo­cal Land Ser­vices the op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment made by land­hold­ers to con­trol feral an­i­mals on their farms,” she said.

The Gen­eral Man­ager of Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices, Gary Rodda, said more than 300 en­tries had been re­ceived for Fox and Wild Dog Lotto in just six weeks from land­hold­ers who had either sent in pho­to­graphs of their fox con­trol or had pur­chased baits from Lo­cal Land Ser­vices.

“Each week of the com­pe­ti­tion there was a lo­cal win­ner of a bag of dog food and now the grand prize has gone to an­other farmer com­mit­ted to work­ing with us at Lo­cal Land Ser­vices,” he said.

“The in­ter­est gen­er­ated dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion pe­riod shows how the pro­mo­tion has raised aware­ness of in­te­grated pest con­trol to re­duce the im­pact of feral an­i­mals on live­stock and on na­tive an­i­mals.”

Feed­back from com­peti­tors, cus­tomers and other stake­hold­ers will be eval­u­ated and Lo­cal Land

Ser­vices will then look at run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion or a sim­i­lar pro­gram again, and how it could be im­proved.

How­long Golf Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Rebbechi, Celebrity Chef James Ree­son, Goora­madda Olives Owner Rob Whyte and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor David Lon­g­ley.

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