LOCAL farmers are not immune to growing numbers of wild dogs that continue to ravage the grazing industry.
Gladstone Regional Beef Producers committee member Matt Turich said the problem was one which continued to grow and State Government changes to baiting regulations were a step in the right direction.
"The wild dogs issue is prevalent throughout the industry and it's not getting any better," Mr Turich said.
"People on the land have been doing it tough this year with the dry conditions and the high Aussie dollar hurting live exports, so to go out and see calves being mauled - it gives you pains in the guts."
The State Government recently announced plans to ensure more graziers were qualified to handle 1080 baits, in a bit to eradicate the pests, which Mr Turich said were beginning to crop up in peri-urban areas.
"Wherever there's open space - in the Gladstone region we're talking areas like Calliope and similar areas - we're finding wild dogs are starting to encroach on those areas," he said.
While it was an expensive exercise, Mr Turich said it was one that simply could not be ignored by cattle farmers. "It's onerous on the landowner and it's a laborious task but it's the old adage - you can't afford not to address the issue," he said. Mr Turich said farmers had to take a joint approach to wild dogs.