Livestock

Wild dogs, price drop behind fall in lambs

PRIME TIME: Stanthorpe Show steward Jim Mitchell with the winning pen of prime lambs – a 43kg offering from the Greenup family at Maryland Pastoral Company.
PRIME TIME: Stanthorpe Show steward Jim Mitchell with the winning pen of prime lambs – a 43kg offering from the Greenup family at Maryland Pastoral Company.

WILD dogs and lacklustre prices have been blamed on a 50% fall in prime lamb entries at this year's Stanthorpe Show.

But event steward Jim Mitchell had nothing but praise for the high calibre entries offered by what he called some of the industry's "most determined producers".

Many of these people are struggling to find reasons to stay in the industry and I can't say I blame them. It's tough.

Graham Greenup, from Maryland Pastoral Company, dominated the winner's board again this year. He took home the broad ribbon prize for the champion single lamb, as well as champion pen of 43kg lambs and then went onto win the carcase competition.

"Maryland Pastoral Company does produce stand-out lambs and this year was no exception," Mr Mitchell said.

"Their entries would have been competitive at any prime lamb event in the country."

Yet it wasn't the quality of entries, which irked the Stanthorpe Show long-time steward, it was the battle facing those producers trying to stay in the sheep and wool industry.

"We're seeing the demise of a great industry" Mr Mitchell explained.

"People around here are just struggling to stay in sheep and wool because the dog problem is getting so bad.

"In the 12 months since the last show, more producers from around here have left the industry.

"Wild dogs are just having such a devastating impact, that people are saying we can't keep doing this and they're baling."

He said the stress of battling wild dogs was exacerbated by falling lamb prices at the saleyards.

"The market has definitely come back and that has hurt producers too," Mr Mitchell said.

"Many of these people are struggling to find reasons to stay in the industry and I can't say I blame them. It's tough."

As a prime lamb producer, he is lobbying for government to support higher bounties for wild dogs in an effort to encourage outside "help".

"There have been some very successful examples of higher bounties working," Mr Mitchell said.

"I know of one case where local government bounties of $100 were matched by industry bounties of $100 and the number of wild dogs trapped or shot in that area rose significantly.

"And, what's more, producers on the ground could tell the difference.

"The simple economic fact is that $100 is not enough for the time and work involved in getting one dog."

He said unless there was a significant shift in support measures for struggling producers, the sheep and wool industry would collapse.

"What makes it worse is that lamb consumption is on the rise. Consumers love lamb because you never get a bad, tough piece of lamb.

"It's a great product and we're proud to produce it but we're battling."

Cut above

McDougall and Sons 2013 carcase winners:

 1. Graham Greenup, Maryland Pastoral

 2. Andrew Ferrier, Mallow Lamb

 3. Peter Reimers

 4. Andrew Ferrier, Mallow Lamb

 5. Peter Reimers

Topics:  feral animals stanthorpe show wild dogs



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Hendra case confirmed in Queensland

Vet Greg Harris injected Scots PGC Horse Toby against Hendra.

Biosecurity Queensland have confirmed the case in SEQ

How to survive the robot jobs revolution

Nicholas Davis is here to tell you that it’s not all bad news

Person trapped after car crash in Stanthorpe

TRAPPED: Crews are working to free the person who remains stuck in the vehicle.

Crews are responding to two-vehicle crash

Local Partners

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

JUST WHEN you thought you’d all of Bella Hadid’s supermodel figure — she gets her Cannes out on the red carpet of an AIDS gala dinner in France.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Is this the talent you get when you limit electronics?

Cassidy Kilburn in the Get the Beat International Dance Competition.

Cassidy, 11, preparing for national dance championships

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!