Dried meat baits: best practices

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This article contains best practice information for Approved Pastoralists, Licenced Pest Management Technicians and Authorised Officers when making 1080 dried meat baits for the control of wild dogs.

Drying racks

Drying racks are important for preparing good baits. Racks should be made from wire netting, 20mm or smaller, stretched tautly. Smaller mesh makes it easier to remove dried baits and prevents small bait falling through. Racks should be situated for maximum sunlight and air circulation.

Racks should be a convenient height and width; the injector must be able to reach comfortably (maximum of 1.2m). An average rack will have the capacity to hold approximately 100 freshly cut baits per metre of length.

A well-constructed drying rack.
A well-constructed drying rack.

Using 200 x 200mm form mesh as a support for the 20mm mesh will stop sagging and give the injector a pattern to follow so they do not miss baits. Spreading a second layer of netting over the drying baits prevents birds removing them and dropping them where they are not wanted.

The selected site must be isolated from general access. As an added precaution, warning signs should be displayed.

Raised wire prevents bird access.
Raised wire prevents bird access.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080