LBG’s SUMMER 2022-2023 CALICIVIRUS RHDV1-K5 PROGRAM CONDUCTED JANUARY – MARCH 2023
We have had great participation in our current Calicivirus RHDIV1 K5 release program, with targeted releases with participating landholders across our operational area. Feedback from participants in our January releases has been great, with many advising that very soon after, they noticed signficant reduction of rabbit numbers on their properties. We are just starting to get the same type of encouraging feedback from some of our February releases participants. We will conduct final releases in March using our remaining supply of this virus. We have been advised by the source laboratory that we will not have access to more virus for this release season. Thanks to all of the landholders who participated in releases.
What’s NEXT? While the “K5” releases won’t eliminate all rabbits, they do provide for a significant reduction in rabbit population, hopefully better enabling landholders the ability to implement other rabbit control strategies around their property. The key to success for effective rabbit control is persistence. “One-off” efforts produce only short-term results as rabbit populations can recover quickly even after successful control programs. Rabbits reproduce very effectively; complete elimination of rabbits is close to impossible. Please contact us directly at 0477 049 967 or click on the following link for more information about on-going Rabbit Control for your property.
PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED: Did you participate in one of our 2022-2023 “K5” Releases? If so, we would really appreciate your feedback to help us to know what worked and what we may be able to improve upon.
Participant Feedback for LBG Summer 2022-2023 “K5” Release Program
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Participant Information re LBG Calicivirus “K5” Release Program
About the Calicivirus RHDV1 K5 (“K5” Strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus)
This virus, used across the country as a biocontrol tool for rabbit management, specifically and only affects rabbits. Other species, even pets that ingest infected rabbits, are not affected by the virus. A vaccine that protects domestic rabbits against this strain is available and strongly recommended for pet rabbits’ in the release region. It is important however to clarify that other strains not protected by the vaccine can also be present in the region. For more information about this virus, please click on link below:
WA Dept of Agriculture Rabbit Control: RHDV1 K5