Stockfeed

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development regulates stockfeed to safeguard animal and public health and maintain export markets for Western Australia’s livestock produce.

If livestock consume unsuitable feed it may cause sickness or death in livestock and may make their meat, milk and eggs unsuitable for human consumption.

The regulations for stockfeed cover the following areas:

Standards for stockfeed
Certain substances, such as chemicals, medications and heavy metals, must not be present in stockfeed, or must not be present at harmful levels.

Stockfeed labeling
Stockfeed must be correctly labeled to reduce the risk of livestock being fed unsuitable feed.

Feeding restrictions for ruminant animals – the ruminant feed ban
It is illegal to feed any meat products, such as meat meal, to ruminant animals. This feed ban is in place to minimise the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) occurring in Australia. Ruminants include cattle, sheep, goats, deer, alpacas and llamas.

Feeding restrictions for pigs – the swill feeding ban
Feeding food scraps (also known as swill) to pigs is illegal in Australia because it could result in the introduction of devastating diseases to pigs and other animals.

Articles

  • Some pig owners may not be aware that feeding meat and meat products to pigs is illegal in Australia because it could introduce devastating diseases to pigs and other livestock.

  • In Australia it is illegal to feed animal matter to cattle, sheep, goats, deer, alpacas and other ruminant animals. These restrictions are a key part of Australia's ruminant feed ban.

  • During dry times and drought there are a wide range of alternative feedstuffs that can be used to maintain and grow stock.

  • Grain overload is also known as acidosis or grain poisoning.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) regulates standards for livestock feed including labelling so that meat, milk and eggs produced from WA livestock are safe for

  • Correct labelling of livestock feed is a important part of keeping Western Australia livestock free of harmful chemical residues and free from diseases such as mad cow disease. 

  • Mycotoxins are secondary toxic chemical products produced by organisms of fungal origin.