1. Pig feed
It is illegal to feed meat, products that contain meat or have had contact with meat and non-Australian dairy to pigs. This is known as prohibited pig feed or swill feeding.
- Read more on the correct pig feed page.
There are a number of serious livestock diseases that can be caused by swill feeding, including:
- African swine fever (ASF): keep Australia free
- Classical swine fever (CSF): keep Australia free
- Foot-and-mouth disease: keep Australia free
Make sure anyone who has contact with your pigs knows what they must not feed them. Ensure feral pigs cannot access food waste on your property - including from farm dumps.
- Ensure that farm visitors and staff do not have contact with your pigs if they have been overseas in the previous seven days.
- Ensure feral pigs cannot access domestic pigs or pig facilities through appropriate segregation and fencing.
Small landholders biosecurity guide:
Farm Biosecurity website (farmbiosecurity.com.au):
Australian Pork Limited (APL):
Federal Department of Agriculture:
Make sure you have registered your ownership of pigs with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Traceability of all pigs during a disease outbreak is crucial to effective disease eradication.
Ensure you include your email address as part of your registration so that we can contact you quickly during an emergency.
For help with registering, see:
- Livestock ownership, identification and movement in Western Australia
- Phone: 1300 WA NLIS (1300 926 547)
4. Report disease signs to a vet immediately
If you see signs of disease in your pigs that could be African swine fever, call your vet or the Emergency Animal Disease hotline immediately on 1800 675 888. The faster a disease is reported, the less chance it has to spread, reducing the impacts of eradication.
5. Stay up to date with livestock biosecurity news
The Department publishes a regular e-newsletter on animal health and biosecurity in WA. Stay up-to-date with the latest information. Subscribe to: