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Well designed and constructed exclusion fences have been very effective at preventing wild dogs from entering woolgrowers’ properties or ‘clusters’ of properties, resulting in increased on-farm productivity and the ability for woolgrowers to run sheep without the stress of worrying about attacks. Having the capacity to keep dogs out of a property or properties, and get rid of the dogs inside the fence, is the key to future long term freedom from wild dog predation.

AWI has produced a 36-page practical guide (PDF 7MB) for woolgrowers that gives an overview of many types of exclusion fences that are being used successfully by Australian woolgrowers to protect their sheep, and also control total grazing pressure.

It has been put together with the help of woolgrowers, fencing contractors, extension officers and representatives from fencing supply companies in Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, and aims to:

  • show you what a number of other woolgrowers have done to manage their wild dog problem
  • give you an overview of the most popular designs and materials for exclusion fencing
  • help you assess the suitability of those designs and materials for your own business
  • identify and resolve challenges that you may encounter when building and maintaining your own exclusion fencing
  • provide access to a variety of useful resources (links to fencing suppliers, funding bodies, etc) that may help you when designing and building your own exclusion fencing.

As its name implies, this publication is a guide only. AWI does not recommend, guarantee or warrant the performance of any design, product or service referred to in this guide.

The aim of the guide is not to be an ‘instruction manual for how to build your exclusion fencing’ – the geography, facilities and economic circumstances of woolgrowers suffering wild dog predation vary far too much to adequately cover in a short booklet all aspects of exclusion fence construction. Besides which, many producers are already highly skilled in all aspects of fence construction and/or may use skilled specialist fencing contractors.

The practical guide will be continually updated and maintained on this website as new information and photos are available, to ensure it is always up-to-date and relevant.

For more information about wild dog behaviour, and general wild dog exclusion fencing, refer to the 14-page Kondinin Group Research Report No.288: Exclusion Fencing, Fighting Ferals (PDF 4MB).

Input from woolgrowers very welcome

Have you erected wild dog exclusion fencing on your property? If so, AWI welcomes your input. Please send in some photos of your exclusion fencing to AWI and the photos could be included in the evolving practical guide or this web page, to help other woolgrowers who are considering exclusion fencing.

Not only will you be helping your fellow woolgrowers combat wild dogs, but you will receive some woollen socks as thanks from AWI. AWI will post a pair of woollen business socks to people that send one or two relevant publishable image(s). By sending more than two image(s), you will receive two pairs of socks.

Please send your photos and/or plans via email to Include your name, property name, address and phone number in your email. Also include a brief description of what each photo depicts.

To enable optimum print quality, photos should be sent to AWI in as high resolution (clarity) as possible. Ideally the resolution should be at least 300dpi. In layman’s terms, have your camera settings set on as high resolution as possible (some camera’s settings refer to this as, for example, ‘superfine’) or if taking a photo and emailing via a Smartphone send it ‘actual size’ (iPhone) or ‘Original’ (Android). Plans should be sent as PDFs or digital images of the same resolution as photos. If your internet connection limits the size of the files that you can send as attachments to emails, copy your files onto a USB thumb drive and post it to: Wild Dog Fencing, Australian Wool Innovation, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001. AWI will either return your USB or send you a new one after we download your images.

(Note: By sending image(s) to AWI, you will be giving AWI full ownership of the image(s). This will enable AWI to use and supply the image(s) as it sees fit, including but not restricted to inclusion in the AWI fencing booklet, its websites and Beyond the Bale. AWI will attribute any published image to the person contributing the image(s), eg Source: Ian Evans, Kuloomba Downs, Deniliquin.)

More information

If you need clarification or assistance please contact Ian Evans at AWI on 0427 773 005 or