Ravenswood putting the spotlight on the bunny
4 February 2016
Ravenswood Valley Landcare Group will host a rabbit control field day on Sunday, 14 February.
The event, coordinated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), will feature best practice rabbit management and on-site practical demonstrations of baiting, fumigation, ripping and supporting alternative control methods.
Ravenswood Valley Landcare Group member Bryan Balmer said rabbits are a community issue.
"It's great to see the community working together and getting behind rabbit management. The field day will demonstrate methods of rabbit control for small land-holders."
DEDJTR Biosecurity Leader Ben Perry said that the field day was a key component of DEDJTR's effort to assist in the growth of the community's capacity to manage rabbits, to transfer knowledge of best practice management, and to manage generational change.
"Ensuring landholders are aware of the variety of tools available to them and the importance of the accurate and timely application of each method is important in promoting, achieving and sustaining long term control of rabbits," Mr Perry said.
The field day will focus on bringing broad-scale best practice rabbit management techniques and adopting them to local landscapes that both small and large landholders can use to control rabbits.
Rabbits continue to have a major impact on agricultural productivity and the environment. The recently released draft threat abatement plan found that rabbits are a significant threat to biodiversity, affecting 304 nationally threatened plant and animal species.
Rabbits also impact agricultural productivity by $200 million a year.
The free field day on Sunday, 14 February will run from 8:45am until 1pm at the North Harcourt Hall and followed by a visit to a nearby farm for practical demonstrations.
For further information and to RSVP contact Ravenswood Valley Landcare Group Secretary, Tricia Balmer on 0429 635 272.
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity