Wildlife Proof Fencing

There are many kinds of theft. For farmers (such as us) one of the worst thefts (after rules against clearing our own native vegetation on our ‘freehold’ property) is government (and others) stealing our livelihood by allowing their livestock to stray onto our land. That is what wildlife and vermin are, ie someone else’s stock. For example 1 kangaroo = .625 DSE (1 dry sheep equivalent = eg one Merino wether/dry ewe).

Every day I see a mob of over 50-70 grey kangaroos on the property next door across our valley in just one 10 acre paddock where once we used to run 30-40 breeding ewes when we leased it. (There are probably many many more of a night, plus innumerable wombats judging from all the giant holes on the hillside). There is no feed at all there now, and the roos are in poor condition, such that I would invite prosecution if my sheep were so neglected – and of course they are also heavily parasitised & etc.

Wombats, by the way, in this Parish and many others are ‘unprotected’. A farmer may legally if s/he so desires shoot one any time at all, though I rarely do (only when they are suffering terribly from mange, fly-blown and moaning etc – as they often are because there are far too many of them). I prefer to fence them out, if I can. There they can be someone else’s problem to neglect as they see fit. There is a veritable plague of wombats in the Strzeleckis. You should see the damage they do in the forest where there is no vegetation – or soil at all because of their ceaseless digging. They just have no predators any more except cars. They are just giant rabbits.

The only practical solution (though it is often not economic) is to fence the ‘wildlife’ out. Killing them will either earn you odium (or a penalty). Besides, more will just move in until they reach the point where they are starving to death again (apparently the chosen strategy of animal libbers and other ‘kindly’ souls). If you fence them out they can at least starve to death on someone else’s land ie on those who are responsible for their existence in the first place, so often the government. The ‘rub’ is that the government will not contribute their half to the construction or maintenance of the fence, as any other neighbouring property owner must!

We successfully built this type of fence on our last couple of properties and are working our way around to doing so on our home property right now. The results are quite astonishing – especially the build-up of small native herbivores, carnivores and birds (things which are much more ‘endangered’) which are either starved out by the large native herbivores or eaten by the foxes – the infinite increase of which all seems to be the chosen management aim of those who would have such things as eg ‘Land for Wildlife’ or ‘Trust for Nature’ and the like! http://www.theultralighthiker.com/vermin-proof-fence/

A picture is worth a million words: (after just one month).

I’m sure you can work out which side the native wildlife is on. Public land mismanaged thus is just neglect – and animal cruelty. It is not something which should generate a warm inner glow!

It is equally absurd that whilst a landowner can easily obtain a permit to ‘cull’ an insignificant number of the troublesome wildlife (say a max of 10% – including eg up to five eagles, Really!) you are not allowed to make use of the carcasses in Victoria – you may not eat them or feed them to your dog, even compost them. They must be buried deeply. Who would comply with such absurd rules? Yet kangaroos taste quite good. I was brought up on them actually.

See Also: http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/373501/Wallaby-proof-fencing-Tasmania-2013_web.pdf

Usually I have used DM Plastics products to insulate the fence. They used to make a triangular sleeve (approx 815mm long) to insulate the 6:7:30 Waratah Hinge Joint or Ringlock. They plan to manufacture them again (but when?) Instead you will find that one of their ‘Maxidroppers’ will fit over a steel post and they have clips to match. Similarly ntheir Poly droppers and clips work fie for spacers. If you can’t buy them (out of stock right now – July 2018) you can cut 63mm lengths of 2″ rural poly and place them between two poly Pinlock insulators as in the photo below, which Is what i am having to do right now, as i urgently need the fence! The sections of poly pipe would be costing me A$1.60 plus the cost of the Pinlocks (but I have a heap of 2″ offcuts I can use from an earlier irrigation project), so the proprietary DM Plastics products work out just as cheap and a darn sight easier.

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