On this page, you will find the tools to implement the simple, everyday biosecurity practices to protect the health of your livestock, limit production losses and help maintain market access for Australia’s pig farmers.
The Australian Pork Industry Biosecurity Program contains information and specific procedures for all pig farmers to follow to help reduce the risk of disease entering a property, spreading through livestock and being passed to surrounding livestock operations.
As a pig farmer, the number one way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds out of your piggery business. Australian Pork Limited has developed a number of tools and resources to help you keep your pigs healthy and protect the entire industry from disease risks.
PigPass National Vendor Declaration scheme
PigPass is one part of the industry’s comprehensive traceability system. It is the pork industry’s National Vendor Declaration (NVD) scheme, which ensures that movements of pigs are documented, and in the event of a problem, are traceable.
If you need to move pigs off your property then you will need a PigPass NVD. This NVD records the number of pigs moved, the Property Identification Codes (PIC) of the properties involved, the tattoo number of the pigs and other important information.
What is the PigPass system?Do I have to tattoo or tag my pigsGet a PigPass
Feeding ‘swill’ to pigs is illegal in all states and territories of Australia. Feeding swill to pigs is the most likely way that Australian livestock may be exposed to an exotic disease agent like foot and mouth disease. Swill includes meat or meat products, or anything that has been in contact with meat or meat products. Swill may include food scraps, bakery waste and waste from restaurants. It generally does not include tallow, gelatin, dairy products or commercially rendered meat and bone meal or fish meal.
For more information download the swill feeding fact sheet or visit the Feeding your pigs page.
APIQ✓® is the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance program. It uses the principles of Hazard Analysis and managing Critical Control Points (HACCP). APIQ✓® provides the framework and standards by which Australian pig producers can demonstrate they are responsible farmers who care for their animals, the environment and their customers by following safe and sustainable practices.
Biosecurity is one of the five major components of the APIQ✓® program, helping you manage health risks to your pigs, to other pigs and people.