Farmers and land managers across Victoria face significant impacts from invasive pest animals, whether its feral pigs, foxes and wild dogs.
Agriculture Victoria biosecurity manager established invasive animals, Jason Wishart, said these pests degrade farmland, prey on livestock and native animals, compete for food, water and habitat, damage crops, pasture and infrastructure and cause environmental damage.
“To manage these pests and their impacts, land managers need an integrated pest animal management program, using best practice tools and techniques and implemented in coordination with other local managers,” Mr Wishart said.
“Most importantly, it needs to be well timed. Often good pest management needs to occur before the pests become a problem, ideally timed before the breeding season.”
To help farmers to manage these pests, Agriculture Victoria with support from DELWP, is holding a series of field days this month in East Gippsland and the North East showcasing the latest information and tools available to control feral pigs, foxes and wild dogs.
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