Feral hog disease webinar slated Nov. 20 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — A Feral Hog Community of Practice webinar on disease issues will be held 11:15 a.m.- 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Suite 208 of Conroy Square, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio.

Feral hogs are known transmitters of disease and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is presenting a webinar on feral hog diseases at their Bexar County office on Nov. 20. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“Despite all the control efforts, feral hog numbers in the state continue to rise at an alarming rate,” said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent, Bexar County. “Many diseases such as swine brucellosis, pseudo-rabies, tuberculosis and tularemia are associated with feral hogs. This webinar is designed to provide useful information on how to help prevent the spread of these diseases by feral hogs.”

Davis said the Feral Hog Community of Practice is a resource area of various land-grant university and other experts focusing on the control, adaptive management, biology, economics, disease risks and human interface with feral hogs across the U.S.

The webinar begins with registration and a light lunch from 11:15 a.m. to noon, followed by presentation on feral hog disease issues from noon to 1 p.m. and feral hog control techniques from 1-2 p.m.

The section on feral hog disease issues will be presented by Dr. Joseph Corn of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, said Davis, who will be presenting the section on feral hog control.

“Our goal is that farmers, ranchers and other landowners will get critical information, resources and expert application of knowledge on issues related to feral hogs from this and other webinars presented through this community of practice,” Davis said.

Two continuing education units in integrated pest management are available to attendees.

Registration is $15 on or before Nov. 19 and $20 thereafter. To register and for more information, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu.

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