The National Feral Pig Action Plan
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Coordinated activities by three Recognised Biosecurity Groups are reducing feral pig populations in the northern agricultural zone in WA- Northern Biosecurity Group, Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association and Midlands Biosecurity Group, August 2021
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National Feral Pig Conference 2023
The first National Feral Pig Conference 2023 was held on the 20-21 June 2023 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns, QLD.
- share benefits from working together in coordinated groups
- applying integrated best practice management and monitoring to reduce feral pig populations and their impacts
- discuss how new insights and technologies can be used to optimise feral pig management.
The National Feral Pig Action Plan holds regular stakeholder forums. These virtual forums aim to update stakeholders on the progress of the Plan’s implementation, and presents key issues and activities around Australia on feral pig management.
Best practice management and monitoring
Visit the Pest Smart website for information on best practice management and planning a control program.
You can also find the:
– Model Code of Practice for the humane control of feral pigs
– Standard Operating Procedures for best practice management of feral pigs
– Glovebox guide for managing feral pigs
– Principles of Pest Animal Management
Best practice feral pig management videos - Agriculture Victoria
Agriculture Victoria have released a series of informative feral pig management videos to assist land managers with how and when to integrate coordinated best practice management methods. The application of these methods are appropriate for all land managers and provide useful principles, tips and tricks. Please note, these resources have been prepared in line with Victorian legislation.
- Part 1 – Controlling feral pigs on your farm in Victoria,
- Part 2 – Baiting feral pigs in Victoria,
- Part 3 – Trapping feral pigs in Victoria,
- Part 4 – Supplementary feral pig control options in Victoria.
- Monitoring pest animals in Victoria – make it part of your plan – this video also provides practical advice on monitoring of foxes and rabbits.
Feral pig management videos - Local Land Services NSW
NSW Local Land Services have recently released a series of feral pig management videos, via their YouTube channel, to support land managers by providing practical and factual information on best practice feral pig management. New videos will be added in the future.
Please note that these resources have been prepared in line with New South Wales legislation. However, the principles, tips and tricks are relevant to most land managers dealing with feral pigs.
These videos cover the following topics:
- Seasonal behaviour in feral pigs
- Feral pig control techniques
- Free feeding – What is it and why do it
- Baiting feral pigs
- Trapping feral pigs
- Types of grain for feral pig baiting and trapping
Watch the recorded webinars below for more information.
Feral pig parasites:
What’s hidden within
13 May 2022
Feral pigs can harbour and transmit many different types of parasites of concern to humans, livestock, and companion animals. Dr Narelle Dybing, National Feral Pig Action Plan Program Support Officer, presented this webinar during the Australian Society for Parasitology seminar series. Narelle discusses some significant parasites that have been identified in feral pigs in Australia or are known to infect pigs (wild, feral and domestic) globally. Topics covered included animals which are susceptible to parasitic infection, symptoms and risk factors to transmission.
AgForce QLD- The Big Plan to Get Rid of Feral Pigs
23rd September 2021
On 23 September 2021, Dr Heather Channon, NFPAP Management Coordinator, and Zena Ronnfeldt, Dalby producer and NFPAP IC representative, presented this webinar to AgForce members about the Plan, its progress with implementation and steps to consider to run a co-ordinated local feral pig management program.
Collared – Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory CommitteeWebinar on strategies to improve feral pig management. Recorded Tuesday 8 September 2020.
North West LLS held a webinar on Wednesday 2 February 2022 where they presented actual financial impacts from feral pigs experienced by farmers in the winter and summer 2020/21 cropping periods. This work, commissioned by North West LLS, was conducted by AgEcon.
Thursday 25 March 2021 at 2 pm AEDT, the National Feral Pig Action Plan featured on a Landcare Australia as a live webinar hosted by Mick Taylor. A presentation was given by Heather Channon, followed by a discussion accompanied by Troy Crittle of NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Webinar recorded Tuesday 1 December 2020. Featuring presentations from well-known experts Darren Marshall (Southern Queensland Landscapes) and Barry Kelly (Gotabug). The presentations cover: how to know if you have feral pigs on your property, how to monitor feral pig population levels for successful control, and cost effective feral pig control.
Webinar recorded Tuesday 9 February 2021. Charles Benson from Western Local Land Services presented on the White Spaces project — a project that outlines the responsibilities of landholders in managing pest animals and what is being done to address landholders that are not participating in pest animal management. Following Charles' presentation, Emma Sawyers from NSW Department of Primary Industries talked about how to use FeralScan and the benefits it provides for landholders and their stakeholders in the fight against pest animals.
Are you aware of pig damage in your crops or to livestock enterprises, but find it difficult to quantify the extent of the damage, and what that equates to in dollar terms? To answer this question North West Local Land Services have worked with AgEcon to undertake a study that puts figures on the real cost of feral pigs on several different enterprises and to compare control options. Catch up on the webinar held 11 February 2021.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
The Australasian Wildlife Management Society will be holding its 36th annual conference from 5-7 December 2023 at Melbourne Connect in Melbourne, Australia. Our conferences normally attract 100-200 delegates from across the field of wildlife management.
This year’s theme is ‘Conservation amidst conflict’ to be explored through five related symposia and one open symposium for other wildlife management content and insights.
- Living with predators
- Urban wildlife
- Hyperabundant herbivores
- Wildlife disease
- Land managers and practitioners
- Open symposium
ABARES Outlook Conference will be held on 5-6 March 2024 and will present ideas and evidence to progress issues that affect the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector.
The 2024 event is going hybrid: Hyatt Hotel Canberra and online. The theme is Shaping the Future: Opportunities, risks, and resilience.
ABARES Outlook 2024 will bring together 60 Australian and international speakers and panellists from industry and government in Canberra and online across 12 sessions.
The 19th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference (AVPC) is heading to Sydney, NSW on 29 July – 1 August 2024. Abstract submissions are now open and close on 28 February 2024.
Hosted by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Local Land Services and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the 19th AVPC will be held at the Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney, located on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation!
The AVPC is one of the regions keystone biosecurity related conferences bringing together practitioners, researchers, wildlife managers and policy advisors to network, share their stories and discuss the future of vertebrate pest management in Australia and beyond.
The 3rd Australian Biosecurity Symposium will be held at the Sea World Resort, Gold Coast from 27 – 29 August, 2024.
Abstract submission portal closes 31 March 31st, 2024.
#BioSym2024 is set to delve even deeper into the future landscape of Australian Biosecurity.
Seize the opportunity to connect with key decision-makers, trailblazing innovators, influential voices, and dedicated researchers within the realm of Australian biosecurity.
Australia will host the first Global Nature Positive Summit in Sydney in early October 2024. The summit will bring together ministers, corporate and finance leaders, environment groups, Indigenous Peoples, scientists and civil society, from the Pacific and around the world. The Summit will also advance the Kunming – Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework adopted in December 2022 under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, nature’s equivalent of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Summit aims to drive private sector investment to protect and repair our environment.
It will provide the knowledge, tools and technical support nations need to attract investment.
The Australian Organising Committee of the XII International Rangeland Congress, on behalf of the Australian Rangeland Society and the International Rangeland Congress Continuing Committee, invites you to participate in the International Rangeland Congress to be held 2-6 June 2025 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia. This conference will also have live streaming, interactive Q&A sessions and recording of select content for those who cannot attend in person.
This conference will be a platform for scientific exchange and education on the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing the rangelands and its communities.
New South Wales Local Land Services run several regular events to support your Pest Animal Management activities including 1080/Pindone Accreditation. Please refer to the Local Land Services Events page to follow up what events are occurring for your region.
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