DOZENS of sheep were recently poisoned by 1080 bait allegedly stored incorrectly on a property north of Bordertown, triggering a warning from state agricultural authorities.
The poisoning of 61 sheep is suspected to have occurred due to the bait being left in a drum on the property and not disposed of correctly, with the sheep knocking over the drum and consuming the bait.
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) rural chemical operations manager Michael McManus reminded landholders non-compliance when storing 1080 baits was an offence under the Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002.
“Improper disposal of disused bait can result in a substantial economic and animal welfare impact, as unfortunately is the case with this recent incident at Bordertown,” Mr McManus said.
“Landowners need to remember under the directions for use of 1080 bait, it clearly states that the bait must be must be securely stored when not in use,” he said.
“It also must be properly disposed within one week of completing any baiting campaign.”
Livestock or animal owners should contact their vet immediately if they suspect any poisoning with their stock.
Limestone Coast Landscape Board team leader Kym Haebich said while the situation was unfortunate, it was the perfect time to start rabbit control programs.
“Our Landscape Officers can assist landholders to control rabbits by providing information, best-practise advice and integrated control services including bait and equipment hire,” Mr Haebich said.
Visit www.pirsa.sa.gov.au for more information on poison bait use in South Australia.