Feral pig management chemical HOGGONE® now on market

Image Credit: Animal Control Technologies Australia

Thanks to regulatory approval, Australian farmers, state and government agencies, and pest control companies will soon employ HOGGONE® in its efforts to curb the feral pig infestation in the Australian mainland. 

Developed by Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA), HOGGONE® is a feral pig bait that uses a unique formula for sodium nitrate to kill pigs quickly.

Commenting on the potential of HOGGONE®, Vertebrate pest specialist and ACTA Managing Director Dr. Linton Staples opined that the pest control chemical is a “key solution” to the feral pig problem in the country.

“Its capacity to cull large herds quickly and humanely has the potential to revolutionise our approach to management,” Staples said.

HOGGONE® uses a sodium nitrate-based formulation said to be a very effective targeted poison for pigs.

“HOGGONE® renders pigs unconscious before they die, typically within one to three hours, without suffering.”

Taking 10 years to develop and refine, the product is seeing “excellent results” among early adopters, ACTA revealed.

“If you use as the label suggest, it works very well,” said Toowoomba-based pest researcher and consultant Darren Marshall who has run test trials with HOGGONE® in south west Queensland.

A cause for concern

Considered to be among Australia’s most widespread and damaging pest animals, feral pigs can cause crop destruction amounting to more than $100 million annually.

“We need to control feral pigs to protect agriculture and the environment,” Marshall said.

Feral pig management is currently being hindered by the current and climate. And should the African swine fever enter Australia, feral pig eradication will be even more tedious.

“Feral pig populations rise rapidly in good seasons,” Staples said.

According to Stapes, the feral pig infestation in Australia – a nation home to up to an estimated 24 million destructive pests – will likely strengthen due to the prevailing La Niña weather event.