Bordertown sheep poisoning a reminder on bait protocols

Bordertown sheep poisoning a reminder on bait protocols

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LANDHOLDERS are being reminded to ensure 1080 bait is stored and disposed of correctly in accordance to direction following the recent poisoning of 61 sheep by 1080 bait north of Bordertown.

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LANDHOLDERS are being reminded to ensure 1080 bait is stored and disposed of correctly in accordance to direction following the recent poisoning of 61 sheep by 1080 bait north of Bordertown.

The poisoning is suspected to have occurred when the bait was not disposed of correctly and left in a drum on the property, with the sheep knocking over the drum and consuming the bait.

PIRSA Manager of Rural Chemical Operations Michael McManus reminded landholders that non-compliance when storing 1080 baits was an offence under the under the Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002.

"Improper disposal of disused bait can result in a substantial economic and animal welfare impact, as unfortunately is the case with this recent incident at Bordertown," he said.

"Landowners need to remember under the Directions for Use of 1080 bait, it clearly states that the bait must be must be securely stored when not in use. It also must be properly disposed within one week of completing any baiting campaign.

"Livestock or animal owners should contact their vet immediately if they suspect any poisoning with their stock."

Whilst the incident was very unfortunate Kym Haebich Limestone Coast Landscape Board team leader Kym Haebich reiterated that now was the perfect time to start rabbit control programs.

"Our Landscape Officers can assist landholders to control rabbits by providing information, best-practise advice and integrated control services including bait and equipment hire," he said.

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