To demonstrate the practicality of eradicating rabbits from extensive management units (pastoral leases) by warren ripping and follow-up fumigation. To quantify the economic returns arising from greater management opportunities which will result from removal of rabbits. To show through soil reclamation measures (pitting, ponding banks) and pasture regeneration (sowing perennial grasses) how to stabilise soils in the area and increase seasonal forage availability. Rabbit eradication through biological control (myxomatosis) is currently unreliable. Local and interstate research, and the limited local application of the techniques, has shown the benefit of warren ripping and follow-up fumigation as an eradication technique. The benefits of increased palatable forage production have also been proven in local CSIRO research. There is a requirement to demonstrate and quantify the ecological and economic benefits of rabbit control by mechanical and chemical means on Central Australia’s extensive pastoral leases with their low returns and associated low inputs per unit area.
|Author||Centralian Land Management Association|
|Volume||01/01/1991 - 01/06/1992|
|Control method||Integrated Pest Management|