Adding bite to Western Australia’s fight against wild dogs
14 August 2015
Farmers in Western Australia (WA) will receive a boost in efforts to combat the scourge of wild dogs, with $1.13 million in additional federal funding allocated to the WA Government.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding would help WA producers lessen the significant financial and social burden of wild dogs.
“This funding will assist the WA Government to engage landholders and increase effort and collaboration to combat wild dogs which can have a massive impact on producers’ bottom lines,” Minister Joyce said.
“The latest studies from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), commissioned by Australian Wool Innovation, suggest livestock producers in WA spend around 32 days and over $9000 per year on wild dog management.
“And those figures only take into account the direct costs of management efforts, like baiting, trapping, and so on. When you consider livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs, wild dogs were estimated in 2004 to cost our agricultural industries up to $66 million per year nationally. The current costs could be significantly higher.
“The WA Government is finalising a state-wide action plan and will consult with landholders, industry, government and community representatives regarding how best to allocate these resources.
“Farmers and pastoralists across WA consistently list wild dogs as a huge pressure on their productivity and profitability, and this government is committed to helping address this issue.”
Minister Joyce said this funding complemented work already underway on combating wild dogs.
“The recently released Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will invest $50 million for better tools and control methods against pest animals and weeds,” Minister Joyce said.
"This funding is in addition to the $2.98 million we have invested to implement the National Wild Dog Action Plan and the Wild Dog Early Alert warning system.
"This investment is essential to the long-term protection of the contribution that our livestock industries make to Australia—wool exports alone were worth $2.9 billion to the national economy in 2013–14.
“We will continue to back our producers and help strengthen returns at the farmgate.”