NRM South accepts that the Tasmanian Government’s decision to allow landowners to continue to use 1080 for control of browsing animals, recognises that native animal browsing can have a serious economic impact for Tasmanian farmers.
NRM South supports farmers to evaluate options to manage the impact in a way that suits individual businesses and reiterates the importance of understanding that the use of 1080 poison would be only one option for farmers to consider.
In Tasmania’s south, other examples of animal control include culling of animals, the construction of wallaby fencing, or in some cases a combination of both.
In the case of high quality wallaby fences NRM South CEO Donald Coventry explains that “farmers need to work out what is right for their situation.
“NRM South understands that for some farmers 1080 will be the first preference, but we’d like farmers thinking of using 1080 to consider that there are other, or complementary, options available.
“We have some great examples of farmers that have invested in wallaby fencing to control browsing on productive farms. The farmers have still needed to do some animal culling in the short team but in these instances the result has been financially positive for the business.
“Wallaby fencing is expensive, but if a farm is losing tens of thousands of dollars or more a year, it may be an option to consider. Farmers need to do the numbers and see whether it’s justified.”
NRM South works with farmers from as far north as the Derwent Valley and Lower Midlands, to the East Coast, Tasman region and Sorell, down the Huon and Channel region. The organisation’s NRM Facilitators and Regional Landcare Facilitator work with farmers throughout the region and provide links to workshops, field days and information sessions to help them improve knowledge and skills. Our resources include a range of topics of interest to farmers and can be found on our website –www.nrmsouth.org.au
*Please note that DPIPWE also has a range of resources about native animal control and 1080 use which can be found here – http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/managing-wildlife-browsing-grazing-losses/browsing-animal-management-program