The scourge of feral goats

For the latest instalment in his popular SSAA-TV series, our own ‘Wildlife Man’ David Ireland this time turns his attention to the massive challenge the Australian landscape faces from the devastation being caused by feral goats. He talks to experts including vet David Jenkins who explains the many parasites carried by feral goats and the risk they pose not only to livestock and native animals, but humans too. Among a variety of exotic diseases, some fatal, spread by feral goats are Q fever, tetanus, hydatids, and leptospirosis. Nanny goats can breed at only six months old and the Wildlife Man highlights this and the fact that, within a 12-month timeframe, a single nanny can double the population of a mob. He shows first had the devastating impact feral goats are having on native flora. David shows what it takes to humanely cull the feral pests and invites SSAA members, via the Farmer Assist program, to become involved in reducing their numbers.

 

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