Wild dog day for all

BEN Cory is urging all landholders to attend an upcoming predator control day at the Greymare Hall to tackle the wild dog epidemic on the Southern Downs.

Mr Cory, who is the Warwick and District AgForce chairman, is pulling out all stops to try and stop wild dogs on his Warwick cattle and prime lamb property.

He has even resorted to buying specially-trained alpacas which run with the mob, but is not sure if they are having much of an impact yet.

“They did a couple of these days out west and they had a very good response,” Mr Cory said.

“It is all about getting landholders coordinated and on board with wild dog control. We have had a fair bit of trouble in the last few months with a single dog ... we haven't had success (in trapping the dog) yet but we have traps out and did bait in the last program.”

Even if a wild dog did not kill a beast, the bite downgraded the quality of the carcass, Mr Cory said.

“I'm not convinced (the alpacas) are an effective method of control with wild dogs but they seem to have some effect on foxes.

“They don't get rid of the dog problem but it makes you sleep better at night.”

Other landholders in the district have resorted to using donkeys and a specific breed of dog - Marama - to control dogs.

Traprock landholder and AgForce sheep and wool president Brent Finlay said many people - especially those living in peri-urban areas - did not realise wild dogs not only threaten animals and children, they also spread the tapeworm disease Hydatids.

The predator control day will be held on August 4 at the Greymare Hall.

Inquiries to Mr Finlay on 0414 415 361.

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