Florida Cattle Industry Loses $2 Million a Year to Feral Swine

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new study, led by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, shows that feral swine cost Florida producers at least $2 million annually in lost cattle production.

Researchers believe they may have underestimated the amount of forage destroyed by feral swine and estimates did not include the cost of restoring range or controlling invasive weeds that feral swine spread.

“We suspect that the cost is nearly an order of magnitude higher, and our next project will document that more precisely,” said Samantha Wisely, a UF/IFAS associate professor of wildlife ecology and conservation.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, feral swine damage and control costs more than $1.5 billion each year nationally.

For more information on the study, visit https://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/01/ufifas-study-feral-swine-can-cost-at-least-2-million-annually-in-cattle-production/.