Predator management helps to boost survival rates

SOLUTIONS: The workshops focused on key sheep management topics. Picture: Lucy-Anne Cobby
SOLUTIONS: The workshops focused on key sheep management topics. Picture: Lucy-Anne Cobby

Total lamb survival rates have increased by up to five per cent among sheep flocks using best practice predator management techniques.

Eight lamb and wool producers in northeast Victoria are taking part in a Meat and Livestock Australia funded Producer Demonstration Site project called Less Predators, More Lambs.

The project started in February 2021 and will finish at the end of 2023.

It is led by Dr Matt Mahoney of Agridome Consultancy and supported in partnership with Greg Mifsud, National Wild Dog Management Coordinator, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and Lucy-Anne Cobby, Community Wild Dog Control Coordinator, Australian Wool Innovation.

The FeralScan app is used by the group to record incidents of livestock attacks, implementation of control and the outcome of control programs.

The participating producers then evaluate after the lambing season if changing their predator management practices has an impact on lamb survival rates and if so by how much.

  • Visit www.feralscan.org.au