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Wild boar exports suffer as accredited hunter numbers drop
      #329880 - 08/07/19 03:37 AM

Wild boar exports suffer as accredited hunter numbers drop

ABC Rural
By Carmen Brown

Updated 14 April 2015 at 10:27 am



Drought and declining hunter numbers are impacting wild boar meat exports from Australia. (Supplied)
Australia's game meat industry is struggling to keep up with overseas demand for wild boar products, as drought and dwindling hunter numbers slow supply.

While recreational hunter numbers are thought to be increasing nationally, fewer shooters are choosing to become accredited to harvest wild pigs for human consumption.

The only company exporting feral pig meat from Queensland this year, Game Meat Processors, is currently slaughtering 1,000 head per week at its Brisbane factory, for markets in France and Germany.

CEO Rex Devantier said he could sell up to 20,000 head into Europe each month, but the shortage of accredited hunters was making it difficult to keep up with the demand.

We've seen a significant number of harvesters not renew their accreditation, and a lot of them are telling us it is simply down to cost.

Rex Devantier, Game Meat Processors
"We've seen a significant number of harvesters not renew their accreditation, and a lot of them are telling us it is simply down to cost," he said.

"If we go back to the peak, we would have had in excess of 2,500 harvesters and shooters on our books [now less than 1,100], in both of New South Wales and Queensland.

"For those guys, it costs around $516 for their [government] accreditation each year.

"We argue that's an unfair cost burden on the shooter. They're doing a lot of public good controlling a feral animal like wild boar, and they are obviously contributing to the export economy."

Game Meat Processors operates 65 field processing units, also known as chiller boxes, across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Mr Devantier said many of the supply areas had also been hit by drought, which had reduced feral pig populations.

"The dry conditions obviously will have an impact on the birth rates and survival of wild boar," he said.

"We've also seen in some areas fairly heavy culling, I think it's a combination of both, but the drought has had an impact, and in some areas quite severely."

Market presence crucial for industry sustainability
Wild boar meat for the European market is also sourced from Germany, Poland, Hungary and Spain, but extreme winter weather has impacted some of those supplies.

Australia's main competition now comes from Texas, which exports wild boar meat into similar markets.

Mr Devantier said if Australia's pig meat trade was to remain viable over the long-term, industry needed to maintain a presence overseas.

"Continuity of supply is very important to a market, and Australian wild boar has been a traditional product available in Europe. It's respected and trusted," he said.

"So you can't hop in and out of the market.

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Game Meat Processor's Rex Devantier says dwindling hunter numbers are affecting wild boar meat exports. ( ABC News )
"We've always maintained a presence, but certainly if we were to exit the market for any length of time, we would either have our position displaced by US and/or local product.

"In a number of years we've literally supplied when the returns have been modest, just to ensure we've kept the relationship with customers.

"Right now, what we are seeing is volumes from the domestic supply chain in Europe relatively flat or in decline as a result of some tough winter conditions.

"That has reduced the numbers, and impacted on the harvesting effort of the local hunters, so we're seeing firm demand, and certainly demand exceeds supply."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-14/wild-boar-market-hit-by-dropping-hunter-numbers/6383368

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Northern Territory investigating potential wild pig trade [Re: NitroX]
      #329881 - 08/07/19 03:40 AM

Northern Territory investigating potential wild pig trade

ABC Rural
By Matt Brann

Updated 5 March 2014 at 2:28 pm
First posted 5 March 2014 at 1:40 pm

The Northern Territory's Chief Minister has flagged the possibility of the NT starting up a wild pig trade to Vietnam.

A large feral boar shot in the wild in the Northern Territory. (Supplied)



The Northern Territory's Chief Minister has flagged the possibility of the NT starting up a wild pig trade to Vietnam.

On ABC Local Radio this morning, Adam Giles said his trip to Vietnam last week included discussions with a Vietnamese importer who was keen to buy more pigs.

"We have had initial discussions about developing a wild pig trade," he said.

"Now that's a long way off, but it's something we are starting on."

It's understood feral pig numbers in Arnhem Land are exploding and some Traditional Owner groups are keen to turn the pest into a profit.

The Northern Territory has exported pigs before.

In 2002, nearly 700 pigs were exported out of Darwin to the Philippines.

And a meat industry source has told ABC Rural that during the 1990s, the NT exported a lot of feral pig cuts to Europe.

As many as 800 pigs were being sent to Queensland each week for processing and shooters were receiving around $1.60 per kilogram.

Most of the meat was exported to countries like Germany and France for the luxury food market.

Vietnam has turned into an extremely important trading partner for the Northern Territory's agricultural sector.

It has become the Territory's second biggest customer for live cattle and its biggest customer for live buffalo.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-05/nt-looking-to-export-feral-pigs-to-vietnam/5300372

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Re: Northern Territory investigating potential wild pig trade [Re: NitroX]
      #330343 - 20/07/19 04:14 PM

How do you become an accredited hunter then?

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Re: Northern Territory investigating potential wild pig trade [Re: PapaScarface]
      #330444 - 23/07/19 11:22 AM

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How do you become an accredited hunter then?




Not sure where this reference came from, in the article somewhere perhaps?

Edited, I see in the title - " accredited hunter numbers drop "

Accreditation is usually through some gov't agency. You may have to do some sort of assessment, some sort of test etc, fill out some forms, maybe prove you can shoot animals in the brain? Also obviously hygiene and meat handling, inspection of carcases and what is required.

I remember reading that was a requirement for roos in NSW. ie brain shooting.

Funny when the gov't does these culls, particularly aerial culls, or culls using 1080, suddenly all these concerns for "ethical shooting" and "minimisation of cruelty" goes out the window,. Supposedly about six or seven shots per animal for chopper culling ...

If youa re seriously interested I can probably find out, "how to get accreditation".

Just as easy go a goodle search, using terms such as "feral", "accreditation", "meat", etc.

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