1080 baiting rules to reduce costs

KEY changes have been made to the way meat used for baiting on Gympie Region farms is processed to reduce costs and help in the fight against pests.

The change comes as a result of the State Government working closely with AgForce to ensure Queensland producers are able to manage wild dogs and reduce the economic impacts on their enterprises.

Meat used in baiting programs will no longer need to be prepared to satisfy human consumption standards.

AgForce has long lobbied for this change through the Queensland Dog Offensive Group (QDOG) given such meat does not come into contact with the human consumption chain.

AgForce Wild Dogs Committee chair Peter Lucas said the change was a positive outcome for producers that will make controlling pests more convenient and financially viable.

"Instead of having to buy meat for baiting, producers can now source meat from their property and take it off farm to be injected with 1080," Mr Lucas said.

"This meat can then be used not only on the property of origin but other properties as well."

"Previously, 1080 accredited personnel would have to go on farm to treat meat which could then only be used on the property of origin."

"This acted as a deterrent to taking action against wild dogs."

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