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Workshop demonstrates new methods to control feral pigs

More than 30 people attended two workshops recently to learn new and innovative
methods to control feral pigs.

Held at Buronga and Balranald in January, the workshops were hosted by Barry Kelly
from 'Got a Bug' and featured practical demonstrations on how to set up, use and
monitor Hog Hoppers, pig traps and trail cameras for maximum benefit.

Acting Manager Land Services – South, Katrina Gepp said thanks to the workshop an
extra 30 people in the western local region were equipped with another tool in the fight
against feral pigs.

"Feral pigs can cause significant economic losses to agriculture by damaging crops,
pastures, water holes, fencing as well as killing lambs and sheep," she said.

"We are providing landowners with the best information available to help them
implement on-ground works for pig management.

"Through this workshop participants were able to see first-hand new techniques and
take an integrated approach to pest management."

Ms Gepp said a highlight of the workshops were the on-farm demonstrations, with the
Hog Hopper baiting system and pig trap generating a lot of interest.

"As with any pest control program, a single control method used in isolation may provide
limited local control of pig populations, however a coordinated program involving
neighbours and utilising multiple control methods will prove more successful over a
broader area," she said.

All workshop attendees received a Feral Pig Trap Handlers Accreditation.

Media contact: 
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690
Katina Gepp 0428 268925