farmers & land owners
Predator-friendly farming is a livestock management strategy that involves tolerating ecologically important predators to help restore biodiversity and ecosystem health while maintaining and improving livestock production. Contrary to popular belief, controlling predators with lethal methods such as baiting and trapping, tends to increase predation rates on livestock. The disruption of social, territorial and breeding structures leads to inexperienced hunters and unstable pack hierarchy. As a result of this, the natural population and territories of wild Dingoes decrease and they are forced to hunt the easiest source of food available to them- livestock.
Predator-friendly farming works on two main premises:
where dingoes are left to their own devices, farmers have estimated profits as a possible $83,000 per 100,000 hectares of land.
This synergistic approach is about moving away from trying to control wildlife and towards improving protection and care for livestock. It interweaves benefits to livestock production, to native ecosystems, as well as meeting social demands for the humane treatment of wildlife.
Education, support (such as certifications), and ongoing research are important to the transition to large-scale predator-friendly farming that will benefit Australia.
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