It is estimated about 23 million feral pigs inhabit the Australian mainland inflicting $106.5 million of damages annually on our nation’s agriculture industry. Wreaking havoc amongst our nation’s rural properties, Feral Pigs eat and damage crops and pasture as well as fencing. They are also carnivores and are known to kill and eat up to 40 percent of lambs born in some areas.
They are also agents for the spread of leptospirosis to cattle and humans and pose a real danger in transmitting a number of exotic animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), Japanese Encephalitis and Classical Swine Fever. Of greatest concern, at least to the cattle and sheep industries, is the threat of feral pigs introducing foot and mouth disease.
According to Mr Michael Hartmann, Deputy Director of the Cattle Council total eradication of the threat from feral pigs should be a national priority.
|Secondary title||Australian Veterinary Journal|
|Publisher||The Australian Veterinary Association|
|Region||Australia - national|