African swine fever - biosecurity resources for producers

Page last updated: Saturday, 19 October 2019 - 11:52am

African swine fever is a highly contagious virus that causes high death rates in pigs. The disease has been spreading across Europe and Asia since a large-scale outbreak in China in August 2018. There is no vaccination available and the disease is difficult to eradicate.

Every pig owner has a vital role to play in reducing the risk of this disease occurring in Australia. Below are resources Western Australian pig owners can use to reduce the risk of the disease entering their herd.

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.

There are a number of serious livestock diseases that can be caused by swill feeding, including:

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.

2. Biosecurity

  • 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:

3. Traceability

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:

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:

Contact information

Vanessa Rushworth
+61 (0)8 9368 3076