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Control strategy gets the Goat

Posted by Bestprac on Oct 08 2013

There’s no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to feral goats. While the sale of feral goats can provide some additional income to producers, they are estimated to eat roughly the same amount of vegetation as sheep, and their hidden cost should not be underestimated.

Dave Setchell from Mallee Eco Services coordinates a collaborative feral goat and rabbit control project involving 13 pastoral producers and five conservation reserves, covering an area of 20,000km² in south east South Australia. 

“Because feral goats roam over large areas, the managers of the reserves realised that effective control of the feral goat population would require a wider landscape approach and the support of neighbouring pastoral producers” said Dave.

Key success factors of this program included:

  1. Initial review
  2. Landholders ownership of the program
  3. Whole landscape view
  4. Monitoring to review effectiveness

“Sometimes it’s a struggle to justify spending money on pest animals, especially when their impact is difficult to measure.  Collaborative efforts are not only more effective, but also allow the cost to be shared, providing much better bang for buck,” said Dave.

The principles developed within this Case Study can be applied to other pastoral businesses.

Last changed: Feb 17 2014



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