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Doing it right by the country

Lloyd, D. (1985) Doing it right by the country. Elders Weekly, 3 October 1985. pp. 6-7 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

APB dogger Danny Carlisle claims a 100 percent success rate when it comes to the serious business of catching dogs. Mr Carlisle spends his life handling powerful steel dog traps and baiting traps for wild dogs and was a guest speaker at a special field day at Sturt Meadows Station at Leonora, telling the pastoralists how to set the dog trap and how the trap works. The second topic included a review of Sturt Meadows' progress on soil regeneration techniques and progress, tackling the problem by breaking up the country with a pitter disc across the direction of water flow. Department of Agriculture Kalgoorlie representative Don Burnside, said the technique would not work as well as at Sturt Meadows if the area had been subject to erosion that had lost all topsoil. Another area of Sturt Meadows has been treated differently using the method water ponding on scalded land, a method borrowed from NSW, where it has been used for over 20 years.The principle of water ponding is where the water is retained by eight inch high earth banks, normally constructed by a grader, with the excess water running down to the next lowest pond.

This article contains four photographs, one image showing Murray Thomas, chairman of the North Eastern Goldfields Soil Conservation District demonstrating the use of a pitter disc behind a tractor; one image of Danny Carlisle demonstrating the use of one of the dog traps; one image of an improved area of land; one image of the water ponding bank.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1985 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58892
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