Feral pest management workshops extended until end of 2017
Tuesday, 4 Jul 2017

Queensland primary producers will have more opportunities to learn about the latest tools and techniques to tackle feral pests on their land with AgForce Projects workshops to continue until the end of the year.

AgForce Projects Vertebrate Pest Officer Damien Ferguson said more than 50 no cost workshops were held throughout Queensland in 2016/17 to train more than 500 producers in chemical handling safety and the use of new baits and tools such as Canid Pest Ejectors (M44 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.
"From cane and banana growers in the north, to cattle and sheep producers in the far west, and fruit and vegetable growers in the south-east, Queensland primary producers are all battling various pest animals which threaten the viability of their operations if not controlled.

"We're now rolling out up to 20 additional workshops throughout 2017 to 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.

"The workshops aim to increase the capability of landholders to correctly and safely use toxins for pest management, with producers able to apply for the new tools upon successful completion of the training," he said.

The workshops are tailored for producers in a range of sectors including beef, sheep, grain, cane, cotton, horticulture, poultry and pigs, with the next round of workshops being held on the Southern Downs at Pikedale (20 July), Karara (21 July) and Goondiwindi (24 July).

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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