OWNER of “Jimenbuen” pastoral company, Jack Glasson is a fourth-generation Aussie farmer who is seeing a huge difference in his bottom line after taking the plunge into Clipex exclusion fencing to keep out wild dogs.
Running primarily a fine wool Merino operation of 14,500 sheep, Mr Glasson returned to the family farm five or six years ago and since being back has seen wild dogs on the rise.
He began looking into fencing in November 2016 when nothing else seemed to keep the dogs at bay.
“Over the last five years we've started to see increasing numbers of wild dogs and we've actually lost 498 weathers in just over a year and a half,” Mr Glasson said. “It’s huge numbers and we just weren’t able to sustain that.
“When we were looking for a way to stop the dogs, fencing came out to be the best solution and we said if we are doing one fence why not make it to exclude all animals which we really don’t want on the place.”
Since then, Mr Glasson has put up 32km of Clipex exclusion fencing.
“We purchased our first lot of Clipex fencing in that December and then installed a small 2km trial, Just to make sure we were happy with it and how it looked,” he said.
“We were very happy with how it turned out so we went out and bought another 30km of it.”
Mr Glasson invested in a 1.8m high fence with 2mm Blackmax barb on top and 1.8mm Maxlife barb below it using Clipex’s tuffknot wire with an apron running along the ground.
“Since erecting the fence we instantly saw an increase of about 21 to 23 per cent better lambing rates to ewes of similar age, which were scanned at the same time but in paddocks which weren’t fenced with Clipex,” he said.
“So we saw an instant result that was far better just through putting up the fence in the first year.”
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And that’s not the only results Mr Glasson has seen.
“We’ve only lost six sheep compared to 498 sheep in a year and a half, which is an absolutely massive result,” he said.
“Our sheep are also much more settled. They are sitting on the camp a lot more and seem to be a lot more relaxed.
“We were getting problems with tender wool though stressed animals before. Basically the wool had a tensile string that would break in the middle, but since putting the fence up we haven’t had nearly the problems with that.
“We also had a great shearing with quite a lot more wool produced, which I think the fence is a major player.”
Mr Glasson believe the investment has been worthwhile and better than expected.
“For the cost of the fence, my wife and I sat down and ran through the numbers,” he said.
“We were looking at it quite closely and were being conservative and we thought it would take about five to seven years to fully pay the fence off. We have now revised that, the last 12 months having most of the fence up and we think it will be closer to two to three years that we will start seeing positive income from it.
“I think a lot of people are very nervous about it because it is a massive investment, but I think the best thing to do is have a look at an exclusion fence. I was quite hesitant until I saw how good they were.
“The second that you see one and you see the benefits from them, you will then say yes I will do this and you won’t look back, you'll be stoked with the results.”
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