@ Hal. I fail to see how energetic thinking, bureaucratic …

Comment on Indigenous business shows way to camel profits by Charlie Carter.

@ Hal. I fail to see how energetic thinking, bureaucratic or otherwise can overcome the simple arithmetic.
Average 6,000 / year mustered, 70,000 – 80,000 needed just to stop population growth. The “national resource” – feral animals – was trashing our natural resource, the arid environment of Central Australia.

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Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
@ Hal: The research report I quoted from also says: “The farming of camels could support a sustainable alternative pastoral industry but would not contribute to the management of feral camels.”
I thought this was self evident.
If Hal Duell was suggesting that the wild camels in the remotest parts of the Centre, with next to no access or infrastructure, should have been mustered and farmed, then he truly has no understanding of the issues.

Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
In April 2011 I wrote a 1500 word article for the ASN on the camel culling / harvesting issue.
To respond to this article and the comments on it I quote from my original article;
“To just stop the population increasing would require 70,000 80,000 camels harvested every year!”
“Feral camels have potential commercial uses. A camel industry has been emerging in Australia over the last 20 years, but it is still very small.”
“Commercial utilisation could potentially remove enough animals to have a significant localised impact … However, a flourishing camel industry alone can not bring down the camel population in the short term.”
The research report from the DK provided much of the information, and I quote from it:-
The commercial utilisation of feral camels can, and should, be integrated into a national feral camel management strategy. Commercial utilisation will have localised impact on feral camel numbers (and their negative impacts), but such utilisation needs to be seen as part of a comprehensive feral camel management strategy aimed at significantly reducing the negative impacts of the species.”
“Harvesting for commercial utilisation should focus on two regions. These are the tri-state border region (SA, NT, and WA) and the Alice Springs region.”
“The commercial utilisation of feral camels provides an opportunity for local economic development, employment, capacity building, and empowerment.”
So, yes this is an excellent story, and is part of the development of the industry, which we hope will continue
But to suggest that it somehow negates the DK research, or the culling program is just plain wrong.

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