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The Neighbours Rabbits

Turns out the neighbours to our block have a bit of a rabbit problem, this video was shot last night on our Pulsar Trail XP. It’s a bit hazy as there was a little fog around which thermal scopes don’t like.

https://youtu.be/LGXXVD9lcVM

This is the reason everyone needs to do their bit when it comes to rabbits. This video was filmed at the top of Lake Dunstan maybe 200 metres from the lake itself.

Stephen

Rabbits 2020

There is rabbits, a lot of rabbits in Central Otago, but not just there either. Coastal Otago, Millers Flat and the Teviot Valley. Just the whole of Otago in general has rabbit numbers climbing and in some areas quite quickly.

I’ve been doing battle a lot with Otago Regional Council (ORC), trying to find out why they are not issuing compliance notices on any government departments including department of conservation, LINZ etc same goes for district councils.

Often these are the areas that create the broader rabbit problems in an area. To say progress is slow is a massive understatement, it seems councillors and all the other middle management just don’t understand, well quite frankly, much at all. In fact considering they are councillors and management it should be of grave concern to rate payers and central government (but realistically are they any better themselves?)

Does the next step include the EPA or court? Looking more and more like it sadly, I have better things to be doing than wet nursing a bunch of incompetent bureaucrats.

Stay safe
Stephen

Levi

Meet Levi the bat eared whippet, not a year old yet and already a stunning rabbiter. God knows what he will be capable of by the time he’s two or three! I’m really looking forward to seeing him develop.

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And yes, that is another whippet pup in the background, of course I’m keeping one!
Plus the kids talked me into keeping an extra from another litter, these are out of Patch by Jack with the black nutsack.
So much for cutting the dog numbers down, but there’s a few heading towards retirement age so need to get their replacements operational.

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So as you can imagine it’s been kaos around here, two litters five days apart and of course lockdown has meant they have been here a lot longer than normal.

Stay Safe
Stephen

Thunder

A very happy lurcher!

But she is moody at the moment. The full whippet has a litter of pups and Thunder keeps trying to mother them as well as being grumpy with the other dogs.

Jack

One extremely happy dog is Jack, beautiful day, dispatched some rabbits, found a hedgehog to kill and for the real kicker, found something really really nasty to roll in making himself smell wonderful.

The skill has gone

Unfortunately (?) the skill of using poison has all but gone when it comes to rabbit control.

My view is if you have to poison you have failed with your pest management plan. However for a lot of people poison is their first port of call, I’ll footnote this on why I think its bad.

Like all pest contractors we have used poison and with good success, but it is a dying art. I think the issue is possum people are being talked into doing rabbits because the rabbit people can’t be arsed with dealing with it.

Pindone used properly is very good, but that is a loaded few words. It is NOT a one hit wonder like 1080, but that is even very different between possums and rabbits.

With 1080 quantity is king, yes all the conditions need to be right BUT you must also put enough out and if you don’t your screwed. That is bait shy animals you now have.

Pindone on the other hand is much more refined. Prefeeds are not required however timing is quite important. Very dependant on rabbit numbers, but a good rule of thumb is 10kg to the hectare first feed, 10kg for the second feed approximately 10-14 days later, the another 5kg per hectare up your sleeve for spot poisoning anywhere rabbits are still seen another 10 days later. These sow rates are for numbers like MMS 6 and above.

There is all kinds of shit talked about how carrot is best, whether the poison on it is 1080 or Pindone, complete and utter bollocks. For rabbits anyway Key Industries have developed a cereal based Pindone poison called RS5.

When done right this shit works extremely well. We’ve used this in situations were I did not think it could work, a small test run was taken up very well so we did the main poison and had a fantastic result. In fact I was stunned.

If any poison contractor says “we had a great result, all the poison is gone” particularly with 1080, question them hard. They did NOT put enough out, it is that simple.

FOOTNOTE: 1080 is the crawlist way to die for any animal, shoot me in the guts before you feed me that shit.

Also, do people that live in New Zealand really think that dumping poisons year after year on this beautiful land is sustainable. Really? If you are that much of a cheap/useless bastard should you even be allowed to manage land in this beautiful place?

No. I think not. Go away.

At best if a block is that bad you should get one crack with poison, then that land should be marked for the next several decades with a NO POISON sign. We can not keep killing the land with poisons because someone thinks its cheap. It’s not.