April 8, 2013
NSW Farmers’ Association today supported calls for the Federal Coalition to commit to lifting an aerial baiting ban in Victoria if elected in September. Wentworth based NSW farmer Jim Maynard said wild dogs have been increasing in numbers not only in NSW but across Australia following a number of good seasons. “The result has been greater productivity losses to farmers and greater devastation. Pest animals cost agriculture and the environment around $1 billion every year, ” he said. “Aerial baiting has been a successful tool in managing wild dogs in NSW. Wild dogs do not respect state boundaries and we must coordinate our efforts to overcome the problem. Themore we can do to collectively manage wild dogs the more chance we have of getting on top of the problem. ”NSW Farmers supports an integrated approach to managing wild dogs and other vertebrate pests such as wild pigs and foxes. NSW Farmers’ President Fiona Simson said a critical component of such an integrated strategy is aerial baiting. “Aerial baiting can assist on farm management practices by addressing the problem in more remote and inaccessible areas. Recent attempts by the Federal Go vernment to block aerial baiting in Victoria makes the issue of wild dog control much more difficult to manage in NSW, ”she said. “Coordinated baiting efforts would enable farmers in NSW to be more effective in their own wild dog management programs”.