MILLMERRAN sheep grazier Neil Cameron is hoping donkeys will be the key to tackling his wild dog problem.
Mr Cameron, who runs up to 3000 sheep at Kurrajong, was one of the first property owners to purchase 10 of the guard animals as part of an initiative to tackle the devastating issue.
"It's something that's been getting progressively worse," Mr Cameron said.
"In the first 15 years on the property I had maybe two attacks but now you're lucky to go one season without an attack.
"We've had instances where we lost 30 in one hit but compared to others, we're not that bad. I know some who lose as many as 700 sheep in a season."
Mr Cameron said he has tried baiting programs and trapping but that he hoped the donkeys would be a legitimate method to decrease the number of dog attacks.
Landmark Queensland's wool area manager Bruce Lines was the instigator behind the idea and coordinated the first shipment to property owners on the weekend.
128 donkeys were transported from the Northern Territory where they reside in thousands.
"The donkeys can be companions for life for the sheep," he said.
"The wild dog numbers are getting larger and the areas the dogs are getting into are getting broader. They're breeding up because our control methods aren't hard enough.
"The donkey is not going to be the one thing, but a part of a combination of things to push the dogs back."
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