The farm walk this Sunday will look at problems caused by feral pigs and examine ways landholders can co-operate to reduce wild pig numbers and the damage they cause.
The farm walk this Sunday will look at problems caused by feral pigs and examine ways landholders can co-operate to reduce wild pig numbers and the damage they cause. Daniel Burdon

Mary Valley farm walk will tackle feral pigs

Portable pig and dog trap built by Mary Valley Men's ShedWHAT: Mary Valley Country Harvest Farm Walk

WHEN: 2pm this Sunday, April 24

WHERE: Starting at the Dagun Railway Station

The next farm walk this Sunday will look at problems caused by feral pigs and examine ways landholders can co-operate to reduce wild pig numbers and the damage they cause.

Start and finish at Dagun Railway Station, car pool to visit a couple of nearby properties.

Feral pigs are a growing problem in the Mary Valley, causing damage to crops, waterways, natural areas, wildlife and posing a risk to stock and landholders.

Throughout 2015, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee ran a BMRG-funded project to help farmers in the Mary Valley and Wilsons Pocket area coordinate their feral pig control efforts.  Several MVCH co-op members were involved in the Dagun/Amamoor area.

This project made shared use of surveillance cameras, remote control trapping gates and large pen-style traps, in addition to more traditional shooting, trapping and hunting techniques. 

The key objective was to help groups of landholders to co-operate in their Large pen trap with automatic feeder and wireless remote control at Wilsons Pcket.control efforts to target specific groups of pigs, which have territories which range across many individual properties and large areas of adjoining state forest and national park.  The April farm walk will look at some of what was learnt from this project.

We will meet at Dagun Railway Station at 2 pm, look at some of the surveillance camera and remote control technology that was used, then head off to a few local properties to look at trapping and fencing techniques and get a hilltop overview of the extent of the problem in the Dagun/Amamoor area.

 We should return to the station about 4 pm, for more discussion and a bite to eat and a cuppa.

As usual, we invite you to bring a snack to share at the conclusion of the session.  Tea, coffee and cold water will be provided and we ask that everyone drops a gold coin donation in the tin for the farmers who make time in their busy life to share information with others. 

 These Sunday afternoon chats are great way to meet people with similar interests  and swap useful ideas and information.

We  appreciate it when you let us know by email (maryvalleycountryharvest@gmail.com)  that you intend coming.  (This lets us  know who to contact if there are any last-minute changes of plan.)

  • MVCHLogoEmail:  maryvalleycountryharvest@gmail.com
  • Phone: Elaine Bradley 0459 225 399
  • Written correspondence: Secretary, Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-operative, C/-PO Box 47 DAGUN Qld 4570.