No commercially available feral pig bait exists in Australia or overseas, despite feral pigs being a widespread problem. Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA) and the Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre (PAC CRC) are developing a feral pig bait (PIGOUT®) that addresses this situation by providing a highly palatable, target-specific, quality controlled and cost effective broadacre bait that lessens the risks to non-target species when compared to currently-employed baiting techniques for feral pig control.
The development of such a product will have the potential to reduce the labour investment in feral pig control campaigns while increasing target specificity. If PIGOUT® is adopted widely by landholders for large-scale, integrated control of feral pig populations, it is expected that the agricultural sector will benefit from increased lamb survival, improved pasture productivity, decreased infrastructure damage and potential control of exotic disease outbreaks. While improved profits for primary producers can only be speculative (it will vary between sites, seasons, product uptake and many other factors), the benefit to the agricultural industry is potentially great.
|Author||Smith, M., Lapidge, S., Cowled, B. and Staples, L.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|
|Institution||Animal Control Technologies|
|Region||Australia - national|