WILD animals continue to be an increasing problem for farmers and landholders with baiting being the most effective method of mitigating the damage they cause.
For this reason the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) is running several short training courses in February and March to help farmers learn how to use the baits effectively.
The workshops are being run in partnership with the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils' (NOROC) Wild Dog Education Project and local Landcare groups and will give landholders a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and their legal obligations.
North Coast LHPA Neil Hin will be running the three hour courses.
"People wishing to use 1080 and Pindone to control pests must be accredited to do so and they can become certified by attending one of our courses," he said.
"The course provides information on baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and Workplace Health and Safety.
"Those completing the course will be issued a certification card and will remain accredited to use 1080 and Pindone for five years".
The courses still to be run are:
- Monday 25 February, 9am-noon, Wollongbar DPI
- Friday 1 March, 9am-noon, Bentley Hall
- Tuesday 5 March, 9am-noon, Pottsville Entertainment Centre
The cost is $44 per course and bookings are essential. Please phone Wendy Gibney on 6626 7028 or email wendy.gibney@byron .nsw.gov.au.