South west Qld workshops to help landholders tackle feral pests
Thursday, 6 Oct 2016

South west Queensland agricultural producers can learn about the latest tools and techniques to tackle feral pests on their land at workshops being run in the region by AgForce Projects later this month.

AgForce Projects Vertebrate Pest Officer Damien Ferguson said producers attending the no cost workshops in St George, Surat and Moonie in late October would be trained in chemical handling safety and the use of new baits and tools such as Canid Pest Ejectors with 1080 capsules.

“Feral animals cost the Queensland agriculture industry hundreds of millions of dollars each and every year so producers need to know how they can efficiently and successfully control these risks to their business,” he said.

“In south-west Queensland, pests such as wild dogs and feral pigs are a major problem for grain, cotton and livestock producers.

“This new service will help landholders get ahead of the game and access the most up-to-date tools to manage pest animals.”

Mr Ferguson said eligible producers would qualify for a chemical accreditation card for nationally recognised units of training as well as a certificate of participation for the pest animal management training.

“Over the next 12 months, we will be rolling out 50 workshops across Queensland to increase the capability of landholders to correctly and safely use toxins for pest management,” he said.

“These new tools can now be applied for in Queensland upon successful completion of this training.”

The south-west workshops will be held at:

  • St George, Tuesday 25 October, 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Surat, Wednesday 26 October, 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Moonie, Thursday 27 October, 8.30am – 5.00pm
For further information and to register for the workshops, visit www.agforceprojects.org.au or call (07) 3238 6048. 

These workshops are delivered by AgForce Projects with support from the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Queensland Government, funded by the Australian Government’s Agriculture White Paper. 

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

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