Farmers vote for wild dog bounty
RURAL landholders may get $50 for every wild dog they shoot after the NSW Farmers Association voted to support a bounty for the killing of wild dogs and foxes.
The pest animals have increased in prominence and annoyance for farmers in the Northern Rivers in recent times.
Now those fed up with the lack of a universal combat strategy between landholders, the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) and National Parks, have been served some reprieve.
During a heated policy session at the NSW Farmer’s Conference in Sydney yesterday, delegates passed a motion that the association support a bounty of $10 for foxes and $50 for wild dogs, in line with Victorian bounties.
The idea will now be put to the NSW Government.
Guyra delegate Chris Donovan spearheaded the motion and said the bounty would supplement any co-ordinated programs put in place by the State Government.
“We cannot manage our land properly if we are plagued by dogs and foxes,” he said.
NSW Farmers Association executive council member James Jackson said the policy was results-orientated and didn’t leave the cost of control to a few.
“The benefits of managing these feral predators are for the whole community,” he said.
NSW Farmers Association Far North Coast District Council delegate Jim Crawter, a farmer from Findon Creek, north of Kyogle, knows what it’s like. He uses 1080 bait at his Border Ranges property.
“We have foxes and dingoes everywhere,” he said.
“We need a co-ordinated program, especially by the LHPA, that would get them asking farmers to do (pest control), because some do and some don’t.