As spring approaches, farmers are seeing how a new bait works within their current wild dog management strategies.
Para-amino propiophenone, or PAPP, was made available in June.
It is the first development in wild dog baits in 50 years, and is aimed to be a more humane solution to current products on the market.
Many hope it can work in conjunction with previous methods of baiting while others remain sceptical.
It’s arrival will be useful s lambing season approaches in the Central West region.
Many local farmers are concerned about the risk to their flocks during this time of year, with some sceptical about whether this will be a strong solution.
PAPP or 10-80
Since it’s release, PAPP has drawn many comparisons to the previous wild dog bait, 10-80.
PAPP is considered more humane than 10-80, as it results in a quicker death.
Unlike 10-80, an antidote is available if it is ingested by another animal by accident.
If that happened, the farmer would need to contact a vet to inject the antidote within 30 minutes of ingestion.
Farmers and landholders from across the country discussed PAPP at a recent forum on wild dogs in Sydney.
Greg Mifsud, National wild dog facilitator from Invasive Animals CRC, believed both baits could work together.
“It won’t replace 10-80, it was never meant to; it’s just a complimentary tool,” he said.
Mr Mifsud said cost and how to use the bait were some of the factors in the take-up rate of PAPP.
“It’s in a manufactured bait so we can’t use it in a fresh meat bait which a lot of people prefer.” Mr Misfud said.
Bruce Duncan, Western New South Wales wild dog coordinator with the NSW Farmers Association
“In the western division, it’s not likely to be as big an uptake than in metropolitan areas,” he said.
On-farm program manager for Wool Innovation Australia, Ian Evans, said in some instances 10-80 was more practical.
“The 10-80-based product is the only one we have available for aerial distribution,” he said.
However, Mr Evans said he had heard from PAPP manufacturers of “a steady demand” for the product.