The National Feral Pig Action Plan
The Stakeholder Forum for the National Feral Pig Action Plan is held on a regular basis, with the objectives to update stakeholders on the progress of the Action Plan’s development, outline the current status of feral pig activities and key opportunities, and inform stakeholders of key industry biosecurity issues. These presentations are available for viewing below.
Held virtually on Tuesday 27 October 2020.
Greg Mifsud, the National Wild Dog Management Coordinator, provided insights and key learnings from the National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP) that may be applicable for feral pigs.
Dr. Heather Channon
An update of the NFPAP survey outcomes was provided, summarising the hundreds of responses received.
Darren Marshall, from SQ Landscapes and a NFPAP Steering Group member, gave a terrifically engaging presentation on his field work with groups of land managers.
DPI NSW Invasive Species Officer (Engagement) and National Coordinator – FeralScan, Peter West, manages the national FeralScan program to help communities monitor and manage pest species. Peter provided valuable insights into the capabilities of the FeralPigScan system and busted a few myths along the way, particularly those around data management and access.
Held virtually on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
Leon CollinsLeon Collins, Deputy Chair and Leanne Erakovic, Executive Officer, Australian Banana Growers Council provides an insight into the successes, learnings and challenges of the Panama Disease Feral Pig Control Program.
Dr Heather Channon
Dr Heather Channon, National Feral Pig Management Coordinator, presented on the structure and progress of the NFPAP as at 2 September 2020.
Zena Ronnfeldt, from Boss Agriculture, Dalby, Queensland, and a NFPAP Steering Group member (representing Agforce Queensland), conveyed the challenges of landholders dealing with feral pigs and the need for a NFPAP.
John Maher, Chair of the NFPAP, provided a brief update on the current status and opportunities with regard to feral pig management in Australia.
Animal Health Committee
An update on the outcomes and recommendations of the Animal Health Committee (AHC) African swine fever (ASF) Feral Pig Task Group, focussing on ASF preparedness and response was presented by Dr Hayley Pearson, Preparedness and Response Policy Officer, Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Resources; Dr. Allison Crook, Chief Veterinary Officer, Queensland and Chair of the Animal Health Committee ASF Feral Pig Task Group; and Dr. Sue Fitzpatrick, Chief Veterinary Officer, Northern Territory.