Feral Pig Trapping Technology


About the Technology

The ‘BoarBuster’ pig trapping system is a research-based, innovative technology consisting of a 6m-wide, circular steel enclosure suspended above the ground with bait laid in its centre.

The suspended nature of the trap speeds up the conditioning process, because pigs generally don’t look up, and it also allows them to enter from any direction.
The ‘BoarBuster’ system uses satellite connected cameras and can be remotely operated via a mobile phone. Based on data received from a 24/7 alert system and live image feeds, the operator can drop the trap instantaneously when pig numbers in the cage have peaked.

The Trial

A professional feral pest trapper was engaged to deploy the ‘Boarbuster’ system in avocado, custard apple and macadamia orchards in the Bundaberg region. The trap was deployed 7 times over a 10-month period from January to October. Live imagery of the trap was used to monitor the behaviour of individual pigs, such as alpha boars which influence the behaviour and movement of entire mobs.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

This case study also has a longer, more detailed report available here.

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

CQUniversity will not be liable for any damage arising directly or indirectly from reliance on information obtained from this document. It is provided in good faith without express or implied warranty. * All published costs and other details are current as of February 2023.