With more than 5,600 kilometers in length, & # 39; the world's largest fence was meant to keep dingo & # 39; s away from farms – but more than 140 years after the first flaking was laid, it no longer works.
Built in the 1880s, & # 39; The Dingo Fence & # 39; cuts through South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland – stretching the equivalent distance from London to New York.
Built to keep the wild dogs away from the main sheep and cattle grazing areas, it costs nearly a million dollars to preserve annually.
But in recent years, the fence has become a thorn in the eyes of remote farmers who say that dealing with dingoes is becoming more difficult due to the breakup of the old barrier.
The longest structure in the world costs nearly a million dollars to maintain each year to keep dingoes away from cattle
The fence cuts through South Australia, NSW and up to Queensland, and was built in the 1900s
& # 39; The numbers continue to rise and there are two main reasons for this. Dogs breed in the fence and dogs come through the fence. They come through because of the age of the fence and the pressure kangaroos and emus put it on & # 39 ;, said Geoff Power, producer of sheep from Orroroo. The advertiser.
However, there is hope in sight for the struggling farmers in the southeast, with a renovation of the dog wall that will start next year.
The 2019-20 state budget set aside $ 25 million for reconstruction in an effort to breathe new life into the livestock industry.
Mr. Power will play a major role in the restoration, through his role as chairman of the South Australian Dog Fence Board.
He says that about 1,600 kilometers of the 2,150-kilometer fence on the South Australian side must be replaced.
But the hundred-year-old fence has become a thorn in remote farmers who say that dealing with dingos is getting harder every year because of the aging barrier
With more than 5,600 kilometers long, & # 39; the world's largest fence was ever built to keep dingo & # 39; s from fertile soil
& # 39; Now that funding is available, we want to set up a monitoring committee to cross the fence and find out what needs to be done and how it will be done & he said.
He and fellow farmers who are also board members are planning to go to Queensland to see what exclusion screens they use there, to see what would work on the Dingo Fence.
Although the exact formation of the fence has not yet been determined, Mr. Power said that including foot mesh would play a vital role in the construction – to prevent dogs from digging under it.
If everything goes according to plan, the reconstruction is on schedule to start in March 2020, with the work to be completed within three years.
Mr. Power said not only wild dogs create financial adversity for farmers – they also have serious environmental impacts and cause the loss of wildlife.
Dingo & # 39; s are currently being monitored and managed by dog runners, coupled with a complex luring program.
Brian Gill, a former trapper, said some ferry stations had lost 5,000 sheep due to the drought and wild dogs.
& # 39; It's not just about dogs killing sheep, they'll also be chasing ewes, so they leave their lambs behind, & # 39; he said.
The state budget 2019-20 has earmarked $ 25 million to rebuild the outdated fence in an effort to revive animal husbandry
Although the precise formation of the rebuilt fence has not yet been established, Mr. Power said that including foot mesh would play a vital role in the construction – to prevent dogs from digging at the bottom
Mr. Gill said that the part of the fence in northeastern South Australia is in the worst state.
But even in parts where the fence is not too damaged, dingoes still manage to do great damage for the farmers.
Sheep farmer Rick Miller, west of Penong in SA, has trapped five dogs so far this year, announcing that there is a higher amount than usual.
Mr. Miller is lucky that he has not lost too much of his supplies, but keeping up with his sheep was not easy.
& # 39; I follow all the time, look for traces and keep an eye on my sheep. So far I have been lucky enough to get the dogs free as soon as they arrive at my property, & he said.
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