Feral Hog Workshop set for Thursday in Goliad

Oct. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Oct. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.

By Brian D. Yanta

A Feral Hog Workshop will be Thursday at the Julie Wimberly Memorial Homemaking Building at the Goliad County Fairgrounds.

Attendees who complete the workshop will receive one hour of Laws and Regulations, one and a half hours of Integrated Pest Management and two and a half general continuing education units.

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. with the first session at 9 a.m. The workshop will provide landowners and land managers an opportunity to learn more about feral hogs, including their population dynamics, regulations and laws for hunting feral swine, agricultural regulations, controlling feral hogs, trapping, transportation and holding facilities and diseases.

Texas is home to more than 2 million feral hogs, the largest feral hog population in the United States. Their numbers continue to increase due to high reproductive potential and the lack of natural predators.

Feral hogs wreak havoc on property, livestock, crops and pastures across the state and frustrate landowners because of their destructive nature. The spread of disease by feral hogs is a major concern with the potential to jeopardize people, livestock and pets.

In addition, there is a risk to the pork industry through the potential transmission of disease from feral hogs to domestic swine.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that feral hog damage to agriculture in Texas alone exceeds $52 million annually.

Sponsors include De- Go-La Resource Conservation and Development, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, San Antonio River Authority, Goliad Feed, Ag Med Supply Co., Statite50, and Abrameit Building and Supply.

Registration is now $20 at the door, and includes lunch and handouts.

For more information on the workshop, call the extension office 361-645-8204.

Brian Yanta is the Goliad County Extension agent.



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