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Farmers save tens of thousands of dollars thanks to Southern Wire fencing solutions

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article image Southern Wire fencing solutions are helping Australian farmers eliminate the risk of livestock and pasture loss due to increasing pest populations

Fencing solutions from Southern Wire are helping Australian farmers eliminate the risk of livestock and pasture loss due to increasing pest populations.
 
An influx of emus was causing substantial loss to Western Australia farmer, Stephen Sprigg in his mixed cropping enterprise until he installed Southern Wire’s Griplock fencing. Stephen explains that emus are capable of trampling up to 400 hectares of crop a week in the pre-harvest period. With average yields of 1.5 tonnes per hectare, the lost crop could cost the business $160,000 a week.
 
Stephen’s 16,000-hectare property borders a 93,000-hectare nature reserve at Bonnie Rock, 130km north of Merredin. The mixed cropping business also includes a flock of 6,500 Merinos. Various fencing solutions tried by Stephen over the years did not deter the emus.
 
The solution provided by Southern Wire consisted of a custom made fence 1.2 metres high with 10 strand lines. The wire fencing is exceptionally strong thanks to Southern Wire’s unique Griplock knotting system, which is triple knotted around the wire and heavily galvanised.
 
The fence was customised to delete every second vertical wire to 30cm spacings, as well as reduce the number of star pickets and vertical droppers, making it cheaper by $800 a kilometre off the total purchase price of $1,800 per kilometre without compromising the strength factor.
 
With the fence’s lifespan estimated at 50 years, reduced ongoing maintenance is a further benefit for Stephen as it would free up his time for other aspects of the business.
 
Queensland cattle farmer Rob Tindall faced a similar pest problem, losing 2-3% of his calves to dingo attacks each year. Rob and his wife Susan, who run the 997-hectare property Macfarlane Downs in Tambo preferred to bait the dingoes instead of using fencing to protect their calves. However, the baiting method ran the risk of accidently getting the working dogs, besides being very time-consuming.
 
The couple also had a problem with thousands of kangaroos that got into their grazing areas and didn’t leave any feed for their cattle. Since Rob sold his weaners at 250kg, the lack of feed meant the cattle couldn’t reach their ideal weight as quickly as they should, slowing down production by a few weeks and resulting in decreased income.
 
They decided to install 14.6km of Southern Wire’s Griplock wire fencing on the grazing areas across the property with a further 2km to install, based on the strength of the fence and ease of installation even over the hilly areas.
 
Southern Wire fencing solutions are available through resellers Australia wide.

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