Landholders planning to control wild dogs, foxes and emus have been urged to examine commercial bait supply sources and consider alternative options as soon as possible to ensure their control strategies remain on track.
From 1 September, supplies of 1080 impregnated oat baits will no longer be available from the Department of Agriculture and Food, as alternative commercial products are now available on the market.
The department will, however, continue to supply strychnine alkaloid crystals – while stocks last – until the new supplier has built up supplies.
State-based agricultural distributor 4Farmers was awarded the tender to manufacture and distribute a range of 1080 and strychnine products last year.
Department Agricultural Resource Risk Management Executive Director John Ruprecht said this was the last phase of the department’s strategy to phase out the production of bait supplies.
“It is more appropriate for the commercial sector to manufacture and distribute products to control vermin,” Mr Ruprecht said.
“We encourage landholders to liaise closely with their biosecurity group to work together to address biosecurity threats like these in their area. This will have a greater, more sustainable impact on pests to the benefit of all members.”
For more information about bait products and supplies can be provided by retainers of S7 agricultural products.
Further information about controlling declared pest animals in Western Australia is available on the department’s website agric.wa.gov.au