35km Roo Exclusion Fence on Queensland Cattle Property Saving Pasture from Kangaroos - Featuring Gary and Jenny Webster, QLD

With kangaroos and wild dogs now costing Australian farmers between $66-$100 million per year, let alone other pests which seem to be growing in numbers each year, more and more farmers are realizing the value of controlling boundaries through exclusion fencing.

Queensland graziers - Gary and Jenny Webster say a photo showing vegetation on either side of a Clipex exclusion fence is simply proof of the damage kangaroos are doing to drought-affected pastoral land, and explained how "Australia's kangaroos were a major source of heartache last year, with kangaroos competing with sheep and cattle for food."

"Fencing kangaroos out is expensive and time-consuming, but Jenny and Gary Webster, graziers in Wyandra QLD say they believe they have photographic proof of how valuable it can be."

Gary Webster built a 35km Clipex kangaroo-proof fence around more than 6,000 hectares of Goolburra Station, 80km north of Cunnamulla, after their pastures were devastated by kangaroos after the 2013 wet season using Clipex Tuff Knot wire.

Mrs Webster said she had gone for a drive after some rain expecting to see new growth around the property. She said what she saw shocked her and was the catalyst for the investment in an exclusion fence.

"We didn't realise we were having an issue with kangaroos, all we saw was kangaroos," she said.

"And I don't mean hundreds of kangaroos, I mean thousands of kangaroos.

"There was absolutely not a blade of grass to be seen, and that really motivated my husband and I to think there has got to be another way around this."

They were back to running 100 head of cattle on 8,000 hectares of land, a figure they said was still difficult to maintain with the number of kangaroos foraging for the same food.

Mrs Webster said the difference, after rain at the beginning of this year, between the paddock exposed to kangaroos and the side protected by the Clipex fence was "immeasurable".

"It's the first time since we've built the fence that we had any follow-up rain at all," she said.

"The boundary on the opposite side of the fence is completely bare as a board and ours had a nice little shoot of green.

"It wasn't a forest of green, it wasn't a paddock of green, but it was green and it was growing and there were no ferals around.

"Kangaroos eat 70 per cent of the feed so if you can take them out, within two to three years you can double your income."

Mrs Webster said there are currently no cattle on her neighbour's property as a result of the drought. She said the bare ground to the right of the fence was not trafficked regularly because of its distance from the neighbour's homestead, and that the fenceline had not been graded since March 2014.

The fence was built specifically to keep kangaroos at bay, and is now part of a cluster with other fences on neighbouring properties.

Large areas of the Websters' rougher country and channel country cannot be fenced to keep kangaroos out.

Mrs Webster said she did not want to remove all of the kangaroos from Goolburra, but wanted to see fewer of them nibbling on new Buffell and Mitchell grasses finally sprouting up on her land.

"They do so much damage to the pastures that it takes years to restore it, unless you get really good rain all the time and that just doesn't happen in our country," she said.

"We all like kangaroos and all want to have a few kangaroos, we just don't like a few hundred thousand kangaroos."

"Now that we have used Clipex®, no way on earth could someone convince us to use anything else."

Written by: Hailey Renault - QLD Country Hour

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