Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Feeding your pigs

 

Pigs | Feeding your pigs

 


bad food

It’s illegal to feed pigs human food scraps such as ham rolls and the Sunday roast

Swill feeding

What is swill (prohibited pig feed)?

Swill, the traditional name for all prohibited pig feed, is food waste containing meat or any other mammalian products or by-products, excluding milk. This also includes imported dairy products and any foods that have been in contact with meat, such as leftover vegetables on a plate from a Sunday roast, or even the leftover ham and cheese roll.


Pig snout

Foot and mouth disease is one of a number of exotic diseases that can be spread by feeding swill.

Why can I not feed swill to my pig?

Swill could contain viruses such as African swine fever, foot and mouth disease and Aujeszky’s disease, all of which could have far reaching impacts on Australia’s livestock industry. Avoiding swill is a simple case of ‘prevention is much better and cheaper than the cure’.

It is believed that swill fed to pigs may have caused the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK in 2001.

Swill feeding is also illegal, with significant penalties applying.


Resources on swill feeding

A number of state and territory governments, together with Australian Pork Limited, have put together their own swill feeding material. The list below provides specific swill information from each jurisdiction.

A business guide to managing the biosecurity risks of food recycling in Australia

Australian Pork Limited

Swill feeding – it’s illegal
Safe use of fats and oils in stock feed

New South Wales

Four steps to keep exotic pig diseases out
Stop! Do not feed swill to your pigs

Northern Territory

Don’t feed swill to pigs

Tasmania

Pigs and the smallholder
The backyard pig – DPIPWE’s guide for hobby farmers
Swill and restricted animal materials feeding

Victoria

Swill feeding
Swill feeding is dangerous and illegal: Information for small scale pig farmers, hobby farmers and those that have pigs as pets
Prohibited pig feed information for food outlets (English)
Prohibited pig feed information for food outlets (Arabic)
Prohibited pig feed information for food outlets (Chinese)
Prohibited pig feed information for food outlets (Vietnamese)

Western Australia

Pig feed: why it is illegal to feed food scraps (swill) to pigs

Queensland

Swill feeding is banned in Queensland
Laws against supplying and feeding swill to pigs
This little piggy went to market (English)
This little piggy went to market (Chinese)
This little piggy went to market (Vietnamese)

South Australia

Swill Feeding – It’s illegal