Fox control time across the Eyre Peninsula
As many livestock producers across the Eyre Peninsula approach lambing time, the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board is encouraging landholders to invest some time in managing fox numbers.
To help with fox control, the Board is providing free fox meat baits for eligible landholders across the Eyre Peninsula through distribution at more than 35 locations.
Latest data provided to the Board shows that in any 10 kilometre radius of typical farming land, up to 1,200 foxes are present at any one time.
Free fox baits are to be distributed to land managers by Landscape Officers from February 23 to March 15.
The Board’s new Landscape Officer at Cleve, Cindy Hannemann, will be among those at local distribution days and encourages farmers to collect fox baits and talk to their neighbours about baiting simultaneously for best results.
“A community coordinated approach to fox baiting is the most effective and has the best economic and environmental outcomes,” Mrs Hannemann says.
“Land managers bait for a variety of reasons including reducing predation on livestock especially during lambing, as a good neighbour policy, or to protect native wildlife such as birds and reptiles on their property.
“It is estimated that foxes cost the Australian environment and economy $230 million a year through predation on livestock; and they are also a major predator of native wildlife.
“It is an ideal time for baiting – juvenile foxes are on the move and being naïve are more likely to take baits. It is also beneficial to reduce fox numbers before the peak lambing season to help reduce the risk of predation on lambs.”
Last year more than 7,500 baits were distributed across the Eastern Eyre Peninsula by the EP Landscape Board.
Wudinna Landscape Officer Sam Morley will also be among the staff distributing the fox baits this year and available to offer advice to landholders. Sam joined the Board late in 2021.
“I look forward to working with local community and landowners in finding the balance in sustainable land management practices including pest management strategies and vegetation enhancement,” Mr Morley says.
“With my first focus in trying to put a dent in the fox population, we are kicking off this season’s fox baiting program for the Eyre Peninsula with the first distribution day being in the Wudinna area on February 23. This’ll give me an opportunity to meet some of the local land managers, and talk about fox baiting strategies as well as other landscape issues.”
It is recommended to bait throughout the year with a focus on a few months before lambing – often late summer and autumn for Eyre Peninsula livestock producers; and again during fox breeding season in spring.
Land managers are reminded to bring along a bucket with a sealable lid when collecting baits. The baits are frozen meat which is best kept frozen until use. Land managers will also be required to provide the section numbers for the properties they intend to bait.
If a landholder is intending to send a third party to collect their baits, please contact us in advance so that the correct paperwork can be completed and we are able to facilitate the distribution.
Alternative commercially produced fox baits such as Foxoff may also be purchased at some distribution locations. EFTPOS facilities will be available and contactless payment is preferred.
Landholders are strongly encouraged to collect baits at their local distribution day as collecting baits at other times of the year may be difficult to arrange because of COVID restrictions and staff working in the field.
Distribution locations and times are listed below.
Various times, as indicated after date
Yaninee town oval
Wednesday, February 23 at 10am
Wednesday, February 23 at 11:30am
Mt Damper CFS shed
Wednesday, February 23 at 2pm
Warramboo Cricket Club
Wednesday, February 23 at 4pm
Kyancutta, Heath’s house, 70 Mullan Rd
Thursday, February 24 at 8:30am
Koongawa, Grocke’s house, 21390 Eyre Hwy
Thursday, February 24 at 12 noon
Wudinna workshop, 3 Coleman St
Thursday, February 24 at 2:30pm
At 5.30pm at the following locations
Elliston at Larry Honner’s shed
Thursday, February 24
Friday, February 25
9.30-11.30am at the following dates and locations
Monday, February 28
Coolanie/Glynn (Curtis’ farm house)
Tuesday, March 1
Wednesday, March 2
Tuckey/Rudall (Rudall Sports Club carpark)
Thursday, March 3, 11:30am
Darke Peak (Darke Peak Silo’s)
Friday, March 4
Monday, March 7
Elbow Hill (Williams’ shearing shed)
Tuesday, March 8
Wednesday, March 9
Arno Bay (Calliss Farm, Bayview)
Thursday, March 10
Friday, March 11
Far west region
Various times, as indicated after date
Goode at Warren Beattie’s farm house
Thursday, February 24 at 9am
Thursday, February 24 at 11am
Mudamuckla at the school
Thursday, February 24 at 2pm
Kaldoonera, Poochera pub
Tuesday, March 1 at 9.30am
Tuesday, March 1 at 11.30am
Tuesday, March 1 at 1.30pm
Thursday, March 3 at 9.30am
Inkster at Hulls driveway
Thursday, March 3 at 11.30am
Thursday, March 3 at 1.30pm
Chilpanunda at the golf club
Wednesday, March 9 at 9.30am
Forrest at Treceina Hollitts farm house
Wednesday, March 9 at 11.30am
Haslam at the CFS shed
Wednesday, March 9 at 2pm
Smoky Bay at the CFS shed
Wednesday, March 9 at 6pm
Streaky Bay at DEWNR shed opposite silos
Thursday, March 10 at 9.30am
Penong at Westies tennis courts
Tuesday, March 15 at 2.30pm
10:00am to 2:00pm at the following dates and locations
Tumby Bay - Landscape Board office, 25 West Tce
28 Feb – 4 Mar
Cummins – Cummins Oval
28 Feb – 4 Mar
Port Lincoln – Henderson Street
7 – 11 Mar