Warrumbungle landholders work together to target feral pigs

Twenty six landholders from four pest animal management groups in the Warrumbungle region are actively targeting feral pigs, with around 400 trapped or poisoned in the last three months.

The efforts are part of a Feral Fighters program being run by Central West Local Land Services to encourage neighbouring landholders to work in groups for successful biosecurity and pest animal control.

Central West Local Land Services biosecurity officer Will Thorncraft said the agency is helping to coordinate the groups and provide services for feral pig control.

“We’ve been working with groups in Baradine, Goorianawa, Warrumbungle and Purlewaugh areas to help them target feral pigs,” Mr Thorncraft said.

“Late last year we set up a baiting station where we treated farmers’ grain and provided feedback and advice on how to best use the grain for successful control.

“To date they have recorded nearly 400 trapped or poisoned since December.

“Landholders who join the Feral Fighters program receive their first 20 kilograms of grain treated or first 25 fox/wild dog baits free of charge.”

Mr Thorncraft reminded people that keeping feral pigs is illegal and heavy fines apply.

“We are encouraging landholders to be vigilant with their on-farm biosecurity to keep our primary industries clean,” he said.

"It's critical for pig owners to know that offering meat, meat products or anything that has been in contact with meat to pigs, commonly known as swill feeding, is illegal in Australia," he said.

“Pig owners are reminded that all pigs must be identified with brands or National Livestock Identification Scheme approved ear tags before being moved to another property, saleyards, abattoirs, shows or events.

“It is also illegal to keep feral pigs in captivity or transport live feral pigs."

For further information and to join the Feral Fighters program, contact Central West Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

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