Land managers of the North East Pastoral District have been advised that baiting and trapping feral pigs is the most effective method for broad scale control of the animal.
The 23 land managers attended the workshop at Curnamona Station, 100km from Yunta, that was held in response to the number of feral pigs that had been detected during a survey conducted by the SA Arid Lands NRM Board last year.
Troy Crittle, a feral pig behaviour expert from the Department of Primary Industries in NSW, explained the benefits of the effective control method.
“If you see a pig on your property, there easily could be another 10 that you aren’t seeing. If you want to achieve maximum control, rather than shooting the one pig and scaring the rest away, it is much more effective to carry out a baiting program.”
Pigs are easy to train with food and the workshop highlighted the importance of free feeding the animals for five to ten days prior to laying the poison baits.
This is in the hope that land owners can better observe and understand feral pig behaviour.
Feral pigs are estimated to cost Australian agriculture more than $100 million a year, due to feral pigs having a tendency to eat and kill young lambs in competition for feed
They cause severe environmental degradation through fouling up watering points, selectively feeding on plant communities and spread weeds and disease.