This half day workshop led by Chris Curtis looks at protecting small animals from feral predators using smart design ideas for animal housing and fencing. Feral predator control, while effective to reduce the feral animal population, is unlikely to eradicate them completely. Predator risk reduction strategies for free ranging poultry flocks and lambing ewes will be discussed.
This event will be held in Bywong with two on-farm sessions 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.00pm to choose between. Numbers are limited to 15 people per session. You are able to select the time you want to attend when you book. The workshop costs $15 per person. Tea, coffee and a light snack are provided.
About our speaker
Chris Curtis, together with Jennie Curtis, has run a small mixed farm in Bywong for over 10 years. They breed Babydoll sheep and grow fruit and vegetables. The farm also has chickens, ducks and alpacas.
Having been through the pain of having a poultry flock decimated by foxes in broad daylight, Chris has built and trialled numerous methods of protecting his animals . He has also built enclosures for the vegetable gardens to protect them from birds, rabbits and alpacas.
Chris has a Bachelor of Horticulture and has recently completed a BSc(Hons) with research into wicking beds. Away from the farm, he can be found on Saturday mornings making coffee at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Bungendore.
What to expect
The sessions will be outside and you will be walking to see different types of animal housing on a small farm. You will need to bring clothes and shoes suitable for being outdoors in winter.
Dogs are not allowed at Small Farms Network Capital Region events (even in your car). Only registered participants are able to attend the paddock demonstration. This event is not suitable for children.
We have developed a Covid-19 safety plan and will be following National Covid-19 safety guidelines. A refund will be offered if you are sick and cannot attend. You can read the SFNCR Covid-19 policy here.
This event is made possible with funding from South East Local Land Services. The Veolia Mulwaree Trust donated funds to help us purchase wildlife cameras for demonstration and loan.