Ferals in Focus – Pest Animal Forum

01st May 2019

Leading industry practitioners and researchers will present the latest news and events surrounding the control of feral animals and pests in the New England region at an information event at Dundee Hall this May.

The all-day forum will include a number of presentations that investigate current research into feral pest management, including baiting and control programs, like the New England aerial baiting program, the largest aerial control campaign for wild dogs in NSW; an overview of exotic disease risks in rural communities and a review of previous outbreaks of disease, such as the Foot and Mouth endemic in the UK in 2001; and an outline of the NSW Biosecurity Act, including landholder responsibilities in regard to feral pest control.

Feral pig expert, Darren Marshall, who works in Biodiversity and Pest Management with the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee, will present his groundbreaking research into feral pig collaring – a method that involves capturing feral pigs and attaching GPS tags to track their movements and ecological behaviours. Darren has spent a large amount of time over the past year assisting landholders in Southern Queensland and Northern NSW to control feral pigs on their properties through this method.

Dr. Guy Ballard from the University of New England will also discuss his research into wild dog management, including the ecological behaviours and ‘travel ways’ utilised by these predators and how landholders can effectively release palatable baits on their properties.

Also attending the event is the Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall MP, who welcomed the Ferals in Focus initiative and urged landholders and custodians to take action to reduce predation.

“I commend GLENRAC and all involved in this initiative to educate land custodians about the importance of effective feral pest control,” Mr. Marshall said.

“The Northern Tablelands is leading the way in research and this forum brings together some of the leading researchers in this field. The cost of feral pests to agriculture and biodiversity is a high one, and I would urge all landholders to implement strategies to take the battle to the pest.”

This free workshop is made possible through funding from the National Landcare Program: Smart Farms, Small Grants; the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Feral Fighters Program; and the NSW Department of Industries and Landcare NSW Program: Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds.

Ferals in Focus – Pest Animal Forum. Saturday 11th May, 2019. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Dundee Hall, Dundee.  

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by 5:00pm May 9th, 2019 byphone: 02 6732 3443 or text: 0427 325 901 or email: kylie@glenrac.org.au or drop into the GLENRAC office at 68 Church St, Glen Innes.

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