DOG FENCING SUPORT
SHEEP and wool producers are calling for continued government investment in wild dog exclusion fencing to help revitalise the industry, create jobs and boost regional economies.
AgForce Sheep and Wool President Alan Rae applauded the efforts of both the federal and state governments for the assistance they had given so far to help sheep producers build fences to protect their flock, but said the job was not yet done.
“Wild dogs have had a devastating effect on the Queensland sheep industry for decades, but the roll-out of fencing supported by government programs is helping the sector rebuild,” Mr Rae said.
“Landholder surveys from the central west Queensland area alone indicate that sheep numbers will almost double from 365,600 to 714,200, generating an additional $8.5 million in wages from shearing, crutching and lamb marking.
“It’s clear that rebuilding Queensland’s sheep numbers will help build Queensland’s regional communities, bringing renewed prosperity and increased employment opportunities,” he said.
Mr Rae said AgForce was calling on the federal and state governments to each contribute an extra $5 million a year, to be matched by landholder contributions, to ensure more exclusion fencing could be built to protect sheep flocks throughout Queensland.
“Without exclusion fences, there’s no sheep, it’s as simple as that. Cluster fencing funding has been oversubscribed to date, which highlights how eager producers are to restock.”
❝ “Without exclusion fences, there’s no sheep, it’s as simple as that. — AgForce Sheep and Wool President Alan Rae
KEEP OUT: Wild dog fencing is a huge topic in the south west.