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Wild dogs and lack of rain major issues for rural folk

HIGH on Sandy Batterham's wish list for the new year is wild dog eradication, but the seasoned Southern Downs landholder knows it's an unrealistic expectation.

Instead, the down-to-earth Karara grazier would settle for serious control with support from all the region's landholders as well as government.

"I have seen a five-fold increase in wild dog numbers over the past 12 years," Mr Batterham said.

While Mr Batterham, along with other sheep producers, is hoping 2014 brings a reduction in dog numbers, others like Granite Belt vegetable growers want to boost awareness about the challenges facing farming families IN 2014.

This Tuesday - in the first Bush Tele edition for the year - we talk to rural people from across the Southern Downs about the outlook for 2014.

For many, the most pressing issue remains the need for widespread rain.

Check out Tuesday's Warwick Daily News for more in-depth local rural news.

Topics:  drought rain weather wild dogs