DO YOU HAVE A RABBIT PROBLEM AT YOUR PROPERTY?
Participate in LBG’s Summer 2021-22 Rabbit Control Calicivirus RHDV1-K5 (“K5”) Release Program

Rabbits reproduce very effectively, and complete elimination of rabbits is close to impossible. With community members working together, significant decrease in numbers can be achieved. Leschenault Biosecurity Group will conduct targeted Calicivirus RHDV1-K5 (“K5”) releases with participating landholders across our operational areas during the 2021-2022 summer season as part of an integrated approach to optimise control of feral rabbits.  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.

Link up with neighbours to organise a coordinated release and increase the success of the release across the community.

To participate in this program:

  1. we encourage you to attend one of our FREE LBG “K5” Release Program Workshops
    Join us at one of our free workshops to learn more about this program. Find out what participation in the program involves, who is eligible to participate in the subsidised program and how to  maximise program success on your land.
  • DARDANUP:  Tuesday   –   9th November, 5:30-6:30 pm, Dardanup Hall
  • CAPEL:           Monday    –  15th November, 5:30-6:30 pm, Capel Community Centre
  • GELORUP:     Thursday  –  18th November, 5:30-6:30pm, Gelorup Community Centre
  • YABBERUP:   Monday    –  22nd November, 5:30-6:30pm, Yabberup Hall

REGISTER to ATTEND WORKSHOP for “K5” RELEASE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

2. We require that you register with your contact details for participation in the “K5” Virus release program
REGISTER to PARTICIPATE in LBG “K5” RELEASE PROGRAM

Why Wait Until Summer to Commence the Virus Release Program?  The main breeding season of rabbits in our area extends from about May to November depending on availability of suitable green feed. We halt our virus releases at this time, due to the abundance of green plants for rabbits to eat, making them less likely to want our baited oats and more significantly because releasing during breeding season can make the future generations of local rabbits immune to the “K5” virus compromising this control method.

The “K5” VIRUS ONLY AFFECTS RABBITS.  It is safe to pets and wildlife.
The “K5″ strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1) which is used specifically for the control of rabbits, specifically affects rabbits. Other species, even pets that ingest infected rabbits, are not affected by the virus.  An effective vaccination to protect pet rabbits against this strain of the Calicivirus is available from veterinarians. Veterinarians in our area were notified in 2020 of this planned program to enable them to advise owners of pet rabbits. It is important however to clarify that other strains of this virus not protected by the vaccine can also be present in the region. For more information about the virus, please click on the following link: WA Dept of Agriculture Rabbit Control: RHDV1 K5

Leschenault Biosecurity Group (LBG) assists landholders within our operational area with integrated management of rabbits with a variety of tools, so have a chat with us to see what is best for you and your property.

QUESTIONS OR WISH TO DISCUSS?
If you have questions or wish to discuss, please e-mail us at: info@lbginc.org.au  or ring us on 0477 049 967.