SOUTHERN Downs landholders will have easier access to 1080-type baits to support them in the fight against pest animals under a new system being developed by the State Government and the Queensland Dog Offensive Group.
Speaking in Charleville, Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh said the new approach would give graziers more options to undertake baiting programs.
"Wild dogs cost the Queensland grazing industry $60 million a year in lost production and cause untold pain and suffering to farm animals and emotional stress to their owners," Mr McVeigh said.
"Landholders are suffering under the inflexible system we inherited.
"Currently, only public sector employees accredited by Queensland Health can provide 1080 baits to rural landholders.
"To give producers more flexibility, I'm asking QDOG to assist me in implementing a plan that will allow graziers and other private suppliers, with the appropriate certification, to inject 1080 into baits on property.
"This will deliver fast and efficient 1080 baiting services to landholders to control wild dogs in Queensland.
"Last year the Newman Government made significant changes to cut red tape.
"For example, livestock destroyed on-property can now be used as bait meat.
"The meat can be taken to a baiting station for injection with 1080 and then distributed to neighbours and other graziers to use in co-ordinated baiting programs.
"Providing graziers with more flexibility will assist them reduce on-farm production losses and help us achieve our target of doubling agriculture production by 2040."
Mr McVeigh also announced the appointment of Ivan Naggs as QDOG chair.
For more information, visit http://www.daff.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.