Commercialisation of the HOG-HOPPER™: a feral pig-specific bait hopper

Lead researcher: Steven Lapidge, South Australian Research and Development Institute, steven.lapidge@sa.gov.au

Poison baiting is the primary form of broad scale feral pig control used in Australia, with the most universally used toxin being 1080. However, there are animal welfare concerns associated with its use, along with various non-target risks due to the high dose rate required to humanely control feral pigs.

To minimise non-target exposure to feral pig baits this project aims to:

  • assess the utilisation and target specificity of the HOG-HOPPER™ under field conditions with non-toxic PIGOUT® baits
  • determine the local feral pig population reduction achieved with the device using toxic HOG-GONE® (PIGOUT® bait containing new sodium nitrite active) baits
  • ascertain a commercial manufacturer of the device through a national tender process and solidify retail arrangements for the HOG-HOPPER™ for deployment with PIGOUT® or HOG-GONE® baits
  • conduct a product launch and a national advertising campaign through the rural media.

Questions about this project may also be directed to the Invasive Animals CRC.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
For more APARP projects, visit: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/

Secondary title APARP Report
Author Jason Wishart, Steven Lapidge and Michelle Smith
Year 2011
Publisher Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 8
Control method Baiting
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