Agriculture Victoria is seeking help from public land managers and feral pig controllers for a research project

Agriculture Victoria is seeking help from public land managers and feral pig controllers for a research project.

The project will focus on determining the population structure and disease status of feral pigs in south east Australia with the aim of providing recommendations for improved feral pig management

The project, which began in July 2019, is being led by the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Animal Health and Welfare Unit within Agriculture Victoria.

The project involves collaboration with existing feral pig control projects by public land managers across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, as part of the Victorian DELWP Good Neighbour Program, as part of Biodiversity Response Planning projects, or any local control works being undertaken.

The project will identify areas where feral pig populations are closed and suitable for eradication and those that are open and require containment, as well as investigation of the prevalence of zoonotic and production-limiting endemic diseases in Victoria. Outcomes will provide guidance to developing a strategic management plan for feral pig control in Victoria.

Once the feral pig population structure is determined by genetic profiling, the resulting database will allow the identification of the origin of individuals for newly established populations and identify whether illegal translocations or natural migration has occurred.

Project lead Dr Alan Robley said there was good information available about feral pigs in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“We are now looking to fill in the southern bit of New South Wales, Victoria and eastern parts of South Australia,” he said.

“It’s vital we can collaborate on planning for feral pig control programs to get as wide a reach of genetic samples as possible. Let me know if you are planning feral pig control in your area and you want to collaborate in this project”.

Always remember when working with feral pigs and moving between properties to ensure good biosecurity measures are in place.

If you notice anything unusual with feral pigs in your area, such as dead or sick pigs, notify the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

  • Dr Alan Robley
  • Program Leader – Predator Management
  • Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • 123 Brown Street, Heidelberg, VIC 3084
  • Tel: (03) 9450-8646 or 0419509330
  • E-mail: alan.robley@delwp.vic.gov.au