The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Monday, May 14 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Kangaroos can be assets rather than pests

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Current kangaroo management could be much improved. Most of Australia's 40m plus kangaroos continue to be regarded by the landholders on whose properties they occur as pests that compete with livestock, rather than as assets. The kangaroo harvesting industry is currently declining and is ineffective in managing populations, largely due to animal rights campaigns. In recent years less than half the annual quota has been taken. Consequently, graziers are erecting kangaroo-proof fences around groups of properties and lowering numbers through various other means. Most have poor animal welfare and biodiversity outcomes. If kangaroos were as valuable as goats or deer, landholders would have an incentive to co-produce kangaroos alongside conventional livestock and take advantage of kangaroo’s adaptations. Doing so could help address the falling sustainability of many rangeland production systems. Governments currently set harvesting quotas as a proportion of existing (variable) populations. An alternative would be to set population targets based on total grazing pressure that takes account of densities of other herbivores.


George Wilson

ANU Honorary Professor, Australian National University
George Wilson began his interest in kangaroo management in 1970 with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Today as an ANU Honorary Professor, he has a continuing interest in population ecology, threatened species management, wildlife industries, tourism and support for Indigenous... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre