Rabbit control workshop and field demonstration
3 April 2017
Landholders across the Wimmera-Upper Hopkins region are invited to attend a rabbit management information and demonstration session at the Stawell Health and Community Centre on Wednesday 26 April 2017 from 10am to 3:00pm.
The day, which is being delivered by Agriculture Victoria in partnership with the Project Platypus Upper Wimmera Landcare Network, will provide an excellent opportunity to get the latest information on rabbit control.
Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Manager Mark Farrer said the session would include rabbit control field demonstrations such as baiting, warren ripping and fumigation.
"Rabbits are Australia's most destructive agricultural pest animal, costing $200 million in lost annual production and a further $6 million every year to control.
"They affect the environment, with fewer than one rabbit per hectare, enough to stop the growth of some native plant species.
"The recent national release of RHDV1 K5 provides an opportunity to improve rabbit control in areas where the current strain of RHDV has had limited success," Mr Farrer said.
"Where conventional rabbit management practices, including baiting, ripping and fumigation, are undertaken as an integrated approach following biological control, rabbit populations can be significantly reduced, resulting in long term benefits across the landscape.
"A good way to start might be to refresh or gain new knowledge on using best practice conventional rabbit control methods," he said.
The session will start at the Stawell Health and Community Centre, 8-22 Patrick St Stawell, and will include a field demonstration session. Free lunch and morning tea provided.
RSVP and further information, phone: (03) 5355 0532 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about pest animal management visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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