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Fence ready to change 'Hillalong' fortunes

15 Jun, 2012 04:00 AM

IT has cost $230,000 and taken two years, but Bill Chandler (pictured) has this week completed 34km of fencing to keep the wild dogs out.

Mr Chandler said he has lost more than 1000 sheep in the past 12 months at his property "Hillalong" at Barcaldine, but he strongly believes he will see a change of fortune with the completion of the fence.

The impressive structure stands almost 2m high with steel poles connected to the existing gidgee fence posts using a Cobb and Co hitch (the weaker wooden links have been replaced with 8-foot steel poles).

Mr Chandler has moved away from the traditional netting fence partially buried underground, and instead his fence has a 3-foot hinged joint, folded in half as an apron, laying flat on the ground on the outside of the fence (protruding about 50cm), as well as a line of barb wire just above the base.

Mr Chandler has spent $30,000 laying 3-foot sheep yard mesh along sections of the fence base, specifically in high- density areas.

"We have put it in across 4km in specific areas so the pigs and roos can't build holes - I defy any pig to get through it," he said.

"I'm thrilled to bits with the fence - it is just working a treat. It will last 50 years or more."

He said he has personally constructed more than half the fencing before employing a contractor to complete the job earlier this year.

Wild dogs are viewed as the largest threat to Australia's sheep and wool industry, with about half of Queensland's sheep and wool enterprises located outside the Wild Dog Barrier Fence area.

Rising numbers of wild dogs killing sheep are dampening forecasts for an increase to the national flock and wool production.

Mr Chandler said he was now only running about 2400 sheep, though he had the capacity for 8000.

However, he said he has been encouraged to increase his flock numbers after not seeing a dog track at his property for more than one month, and he had also managed to reduce the number of kangaroos in the paddocks.

Mr Chandler said he selectively baited across the property every fortnight.

However, he believed any reduction in pests at the property was due to the success of his new fence.

"It's been expensive, but if you want to have sheep, you've got to do something to keep the dogs and kangaroos away," he said.

"It's a battle you just can't afford to lose."


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He represents the future of agriculture in this country, wtf, and the future of agriculture is
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some will say their best years have been el nino ones
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wtf....who does Keogh represent ?...no one....you don't have to be representative to be a