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Using iPhones and Texting to Reduce Feral Pig Problems

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Comments Off on Using iPhones and Texting to Reduce Feral Pig Problems

Watch this video to see how texting is helping ranchers capture hogs with much more success.  Maybe this will inspire you to think of new solutions to old problems!

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Pig PopulationsThe estimated 2.6 million feral hogs living in Texas cause big problems. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s 2004 survey found that they cause $2 million in damage to agriculture in the state and landowners spend and additional $7 million to control pig or fix damages.  Given that feral hog damage in the U.S. is estimated at $1.5 billion per year, this new method for trapping feral hogs, could be a blessing to producers everywhere.

Pigs are lured to the pen with food.  As they go in, the farmer/rancher is notified by a phone text message.  The cameras in the pen give him a look at what he’s got in the pen and with a simply push of a button he can close the pen’s gate, trapping the pests inside.

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Feral hogs captured in the pens can be held by the landowner for up to 7 days before an inspection of holding facilities is required by the Texas Animal Health Commission. To recoup trapping costs, captured sows can be sold to permitted being stations, and males can be sold to permitted stations or permitted hunting reserves. Landowners are also allowed to butcher and process them for home consumption.

Here’s raw footage of the feral hogs and the trap if you’d like to see more:

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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