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1 February, 2021

Cluster dog fence in lower Lansdowne

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Andrew Turnbull is the coordinator of the South Tambo wild dog cluster fence and has seen massive improvements in dog numbers by using Waratah exclusion fencing. 

Before the fence was erected, Andrew and other farmers in the cluster had a huge problem with wild dogs, as the area mainly produces sheep and lamb. 

Andrew Turnbull said one farmer who had 990 lambs was only able to wean about 50 lambs because they were just decimated by dogs. 

Another victim of the wild dogs was the local native fauna. 

Matt Wilson, the wild dog controller for the South Tambo Cluster group said these populations had been heavily impacted by the wild dogs and were beginning to disappear.

In 2015, thirteen farmers came together and decided that a cluster fence may be the best form of defence to lower wild dog numbers. 

The fence was built in parts and is comprised of 300km of fence line covering approximately 700,000 acres of land. 

This cluster fence has already shown very promising results, with many farmers having noticeable improvements in lambing and sheep numbers. 

Andrew claims that he has seen a total of four dogs on his property since the fence was erected over five years ago.

Additionally, there is a very noticeable increase in native fauna populations. 

“The regenerative process is amazing. We are seeing more native ground dwelling birds and reptiles than we have seen in a very long time,” Mr Wilson said.

Another feature that really appealed to the farmers was the attached 30cm apron. 

This apron can either be spread out and held onto the ground or be buried. 

For more information on how Waratah fencing can help you visit www.waratahfencing.com.au.


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