Wild pigs hamper TB control plans

Last updated 13:17 18/12/2013
A wild pig.
Fairfax NZ
CONTROL FEARS: A wild pig.

Relevant offers

Agribusiness

New dam ensures water supply for Starborough Farming Company, Marlborough Young Marlborough winemaker Jordan Hogg judged best Solution to problems often right in front of your nose Funding to research giant willow aphid brings relief to South Canterbury's beekeepers Forest & Bird contests Environment Canterbury water compliance claim Top young viticulturalist named Waikato maize growers will know velvet leaf impact in October $16,000 fine for Marlborough labour contractor after repeated employment breaches A shared love for cricket and stock There's a battle to trademark manuka honey

Reports of wild pigs being illegally released in areas of the Waikato is jeopardising efforts to control bovine tuberculosis, says TBfree New Zealand.

A small number of hunters release pigs to establish populations in pig-free areas for them to hunt.

TBfree New Zealand Northern North Island programme manager Brent Webster said they had received unsubstantiated information that hunters were releasing pigs in bush areas on the south western coast.

"It is disappointing to hear of these reports, considering the effort we put into educating the public about the risks of dumping pig carcasses and illegally releasing wild animals into areas that are free of the disease," Mr Webster said.

Ad Feedback

- Straight Furrow

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content