- Mar 20, 2011
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- S.E. Queensland, Australia
I have eaten meat from roos I have shot but not everyone likes it or has a mental block with eating it.This is where I get lost. Australia has plenty of Kangaroos, kangaroos are suppose to be edible. Why do we hear of so many Kangaroo issues?
The biggest problem with roos is we have created an artificial environment for them in providing water for our stock so they are now evenly dispersed over the landscape in far greater numbers. Our blackfellas prefer to drop into Macdonalds now rather than go out and get a roo to drag over the fire.
We have roo harvesters but the markets for roo meat are limited now, Russia was taking a lot but has since shut down as some problem with meeting health standards with the product harvested in the paddock in often very hot conditions, field dressed and then taken into a chiller box at the end of a nights work. Most culling now goes to pet food and cull targets are rarely met.
Exclusion fencing, (woven wire, 6' high) is getting a bit of a go on now in western areas primarily to protect sheep from dingoes but is having a benefit in fencing the roos out so hopefully will help.