Plan the Mission

The I.C.E.® Cam photo shows the month is November and the overnight temperature is 63°F. We have established an automatic hog feeder as a food source. Sounder Intel verifies 12 adults and zero juveniles for a total of 12. We have determined one trained and certified Hog Control Operator™ will employ the trapping process using one M.I.N.E.® Trapping System. Our performance standard is 100 percent success which means we must remove all 12 pigs expending the least amount of fuel, time, labor and money.

Harvest Efficiency Report

Date of the northern neighbor’s capture was 01 November 2016. There were five adult boars and six adult sows. Five sows were pregnant with 26 fetuses removed during necropsy. 11 adults were effectively captured for 92 percent success expending 2.75 labor hours for 15 minutes of labor per pig.

However, we prevented 26 fetuses from being born which would have tripled the sounder size within two months. We have determined it is far more efficient to euthanize pigs prior to birth and the reason pregnant sows are considered high-value targets. Adding 26 fetuses to our removal efficiency reduces labor for 37 euthanized to only 4.46 minutes of labor per pig.

The outcast boar (number 12) was removed from the neighbor’s property on 01 November. The shooting event expended one labor hour for 60 minutes of labor per pig. Harvest Efficiency Report column totals for episode six verify 38 pigs were removed from this property in two events expending 3.75 hours of labor which equated to almost six minutes of labor per pig.

Mission Assessment

We removed 12 of 12 targeted pigs for a 100% removal success rate. Therefore, we accomplished our performance goals, using a trained and certified Hog Control Operator, by trapping and shooting during winter months, using our M.I.N.E.® Trapping System and thermal scoped rifles. We were successful harvesting the outcast boar plus preventing 26 fetuses from being born. The total number of pigs impacted during this episode was 38.

Return on Labor

Our total trapping labor for Episode 06 was 2.75 hours. Trapping labor per pig was 4.46 minutes. We arrive at this number by multiplying 2.75 hours times 60 minutes which equals 165 minutes. Divide this number by 37 pigs trapped to equal 4.46 minutes of labor per pig. Total shooting labor was one hour. Shooting labor per pig was 60 minutes.

This episode, the annual damage prevented by trapping was $14,800. Annual damage prevented by shooting was only $400. To calculate our annual return on labor per method, we must take our annual damage prevented and divide it by the labor hours. $14,800 divided by 2.75 hours gives us a return on labor of $5,381.82 per hour from trapping compared to only $400 per hour from shooting.

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