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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Alpha Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive at 8:00am)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Alpha, Queensland 4724

Please note that this workshop has been postponed from March due to severe weather at the time.


AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834
 
 

 

Barcaldine Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 17 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive at 8:00am)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Barcaldine, Queensland 4725

Please note that this workshop has been postponed from March due to severe weather at the time.


AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

 

 

Longreach Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive at 8:00am)
Venue:
TBC
Longreach, Queensland 4730

Please note that this workshop has been postponed from March due to severe weather at the time.


AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):

  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals

Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

Cloncurry Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 23 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive 8am for registration)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Cloncurry, Queensland 4824
AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):
  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

Cunnamulla Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 23 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive 8am for registration)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Cunnamulla, Queensland 4490
AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):
  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

Croydon Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Thursday, 25 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive 8am for registration)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Croydon, Queensland 4871
AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):
  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

Quilpie Pest Animal Management and Chemical Training Workshop

Date: Thursday, 25 May, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Please arrive 8am for registration)
Ticket Price: Free
Venue:
TBC
Quilpie, Queensland 4480
AgForce is pleased to offer Queensland rural landholders a new service that will help you to get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.

These one-day workshops for landholders will include practical training and information on the latest pest animal control tools specific to your industry’s pest animal issues. Included in these workshops is nationally accredited chemical handling safety training for safely preparing, delivering, transporting and storing chemicals.

You will receive (at no cost):
  • Training on new baits and tools, including PAPP baits, Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules - Certificate of Participation
Eligible experienced participants may qualify for a Statement of Attainment in the following nationally accredited units:
  • AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
  • AHCCHM304 – Transport, handle and store chemicals
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Limited places available, Register NOW!

This project is delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government. AgForce RTO Reg No. 1834

 

 

NEWS LINKS

 

Wild dog numbers in SA pastoral areas prompt Qld fate fears

By Terry Sim, 17 March 2017

 

GROWING wild dog numbers were putting South Australia’s pastoral sheep industry at risk, according to Livestock SA president Geoff Power and former government trapper Brian ‘Goey’ Gill.

http://www.sheepcentral.com/wild-dog-numbers-in-sa-pastoral-areas-prompt-qld-fate-fears/

 

Traprock cluster fence a “game-changer’

By James Nason, 08 March 2017

 

Steel posts and wire netting are proving to be effective weapons in the fight against wild dogs in Queensland’s traprock region.

http://www.sheepcentral.com/traprock-cluster-fence-a-game-changer/

 

Fox and wild dog bounty resumes in Victoria

By Sheep Central, 06 March 2017

 

The Victorian Fox and Wild Dog Bounty re-commences today, with collections starting in the South East.

http://www.sheepcentral.com/fox-and-wild-dog-bounty-resumes-in-victoria/

 

 

Download a wild dog control planning calendar

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/59875/IPA-Wild-Dog-Fact-Sheet-Control-Planning-Calendar.pdf

 

Tackling wild dogs from the sky

Its a widespread problem, costing farmers thousands and cruelly killing young stock regularly.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, wild dogs are costing farmers and governments up to $67 million a year. Three Rivers Helicopters owner and operator Lloyd Davidson has been battling the issue from the sky.

His company holds the right accreditations needed to aerially shoot wild dogs.

From above, Mr Davidson has seen firsthand the terrible effects wild dogs are having on farmers.

"Their calving rate would normally be towards 70-80%, but it has been brought back to about 40% for some of them," he said.

When wild dogs are "thick", he has helped cull up to 26 wild dogs within hours on a single property.

A DAF spokeswoman said the sheep industry in western Queensland was particularly hard hit.

Mr Davidson, who has been flying for about 10 years, said aerial shooting, with the combination of baiting and trapping, was making a difference in reducing the wild dog population.

"I have noticed a big difference in some parts," he said.

Mr Davidson described aerial shooting as extremely effective.

"Professional trappers and shooters do a great job. But when there is a pack of four dogs, they maybe get one or two. Then the others get gun shy," he said.

"We have a better strike rate from above."

The bird's-eye view of the land allows Mr Davidson and the shooter to see more places than on the ground.

"Farmers will tell me where they have noticed three or four, and point me in the right direction. But we end up coming back after killing 70-80," he said.

Mr Davidson said he would like to see more government funding allocated to combating the wild dog problem.

"Some of the times the farmers just have to come up with the money out of their own pocket," he said.

Wild dogs

 The term "wild dog" refers collectively to purebred dingoes, dingo hybrids and domestic dogs that have escaped or been deliberately released.

 In Queensland, wild dogs create a number of economic, environmental and social problems - particularly for agricultural businesses.

SOURCE: Queensland Government

http://www.ruralweekly.com.au/news/higher-success-rate/2924154/

Wild dog plan to save sheep and cattle

 

 

ALERT: More than 30 animals have been treated for snake bites at the Warwick and Allora Veterinary Clinics since September. Snakes like this Eastern Brown are active at the moment.

WARWICK DAILY NEWS ARTICLE - 20/11/12 - SNAKE BITE NUMBERS ON RISE ACROSS SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND - http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/snake-bite-numbers-on-rise-across-region/1627651/?utm_source=rss+warwickdailynews&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS+distribution

ONCE the weather warms up, one downside to the summer months is the prevalence of snakes, with many pets and livestock falling victim to the deadly reptile each year.
 
So far this season, there has been a higher than normal incidence of snake bites in predominantly dogs and cats, presenting to local vets.
 
Snakes have become very active on the Southern Downs, and since September, the Warwick and Allora Veterinary Clinics have treated more than 30 patients for snake bites.
 
Allora Veterinary Clinic veterinarian, Dr Jane Gilmore, said snake bite cases had begun earlier than normal this year, with higher numbers of patients being treated to date this spring/summer.
 
"This season has been worse than others, and just seems to have started earlier," Dr Gilmore said.

 
"Brown snakes (Pseudonaja textilis) are the most common cause of snake bites we see but we also have treated dogs and cats bitten by Red Bellied Black (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and Tiger (Notechis scutatus) snakes," she said.
 
"A brown snake will usually kill a pet very quickly, however with a black snake bite the animal may survive the initial bite, but can suffer from kidney failure within a week of the bite, so it is important to keep them on a drip.

 
"We have had a few people ring up about their pets being bitten and the animal hasn't made it into the surgery, however of those which have been treated most have survived."
 
With the forecast hot dry weather continuing, local vets expect more snake bites, according to Warwick Veterinary Clinic veterinarian, Dr Elissa Haley.
 
"Typically most snakes will try to avoid you or your pets and bite only as a last resort," Dr Haley said.
 
"While you may wisely decide to simply walk away when you encounter a snake, dogs and cats will often harass the sliding invader and get bitten as a result."
 
The clinical signs to look for in your pet following a possible snake bite include weakness, ataxia,

 
paralysis, dilated pupils, tremors, salivation, vomiting and laboured breathing.
 
Dr Haley said there were tests which could be done to determine if an animal had been bitten.
 
"It is usually best to check things out early,"she said.

"First aid treatment is also very important to saving the life of pets following snake bite attacks.
 
"We advise that you keep your pets calm, still and quiet. "

Do not attempt to suck, cut or squeeze the venom out of the animal as this will only increase the blood flow to the area and could spread the poison.
 
"Bring your vehicle to the animal to reduce movement and seek veterinary advice at the Warwick or Allora Vet Clinics as quickly as possible."
 
The prognosis for recovery from snake bite depends on many factors but the chance of recovery does improve greatly with the use of the snake antivenom early.
 
With proper treatment, the survival rates after treatment have been reported to be better for Red Bellied Black victims followed by Brown then Tiger snakes bites.
 
If you think your pet has been bitten or playing with snakes, please call the Warwick (4661 1105) or Allora (4666 3127) Vet Clinics quickly to get a start on early treatment options.
 
Snake bite signs...

Clinical signs to look for in your pet following a possible snake bite include:
 •  Weakness;
 •  Ataxia;
 •  Paralysis;
 •  Dilated pupils;
 •  Tremors;
 •  Salivation;
 •  Vomiting; and
 •  Laboured breathing.

ABC NEWS - COURIER MAIL ARTICLE - 08/11/2012 - Rampant rodents give snakes a feed http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-08/rampant-rodents-give-snakes-a-feed/4360684?section=sa

COURIER MAIL ARTICLE - 15/04/2012 - Call to curb growing wild-dog menace By Kathleen Donaghey http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/wild-dogs-in-the-crosshairs/story-e6freoof-1226326618759

WARWICK DAILY NEWS ARTICLE - 23/03/11 - Prepare for mouse plague by Toni Somes: http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/prepare-for-mouse-plague-get-trapped-warwick/802438/