DOG FENC­ING SUPORT

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KEEP OUT: Wild dog fenc­ing is a huge topic in the south west.

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