Kangaroo cull was a professionally run operation

KANGAROO CULL: Merrijig residents Jeremy (above) and Sally Madin took the step of seeking a permit to cull some of the large number of kangaroos competing with their cattle on improved pasture.

MANY visitors to Mansfield and the High Country enjoy seeing kangaroos in the district, but these are usually small numbers where their effect on stock owners is minimal.

An entirely different view is presented by landholders seeking to develop improved pasture for animals, where large mobs of roos can devastate feed pasture.

Merrijig residents Jeremy and Sally Madin were in the latter category, and decided to seek DEPI’s help in a licensed cull of some of these animals.

In April last year, a trial was approved for culling kangaroos for a two year period in areas where there have been the largest number of wildlife control applications.

Meat from the trial areas is allowed to be used for pet food, but former Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh, said at the time the government had no plans for the meat to be used for human consumption.

“We’re not keen to see the roos shot,” Mr Madin said.

“I was wary about the process, but the balance (of roos to cattle) has changed.

“What I’m pleased about is how professional the whole process was.”

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