Wild hog program set for March 9 near Wichita Falls

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: David Graf, 940-716-8610, cdgraf@ag.tamu.edu

WICHITA FALLS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Wild Hog Corral Demo and Pasture Talk from 2-4 p.m. March 9 northwest of Wichita Falls.

Wild hogs are causing problems for producers in the Rolling Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

The wild hog program will be north of Electra. From Electra take state Highway 25 north to Haynesville, then go east on state Highway 240 for 2 miles and turn north on Enterprise Road. Go north 3 miles to Flippin Road, and the group will meet at that intersection.

Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in San Angelo, will be the speaker. Tomacek works with wild hog control across the state and will show construction of a popular corral trap and discuss various trap designs. He will provide tips on catching wild hogs and also explain why and how it takes multiple methods to control these destructive pests.

Wild hogs that were trapped in the Rolling Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

“When we asked a group of 20 ag producers recently in Wichita County to name their No. 1 detriment to farming, they overwhelmingly agreed wild hog damage,” said David Graf, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Wichita County.

Graf said the damage ranges from killing baby calves to uprooting newly planted seeds and seedlings and destroying hundreds of acres of grain crops.

“They are very prolific and extremely intelligent, so it makes it nearly impossible to eradicate them in an area,” he said. “That creates a situation where neither the landlord nor the tenant is comfortable putting a lot of money into land preparation and planting.”

Two Texas Department of Agriculture integrated pest management continuing education units will be available.

For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Wichita County at 940-716-8610.

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