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Be careful what you feed your pigs

Pig at feederNorth Coast Local Land Services is reminding all pig owners that there are some food materials which are illegal to feed to pigs. The feeding of food wastes to pigs, traditionally known as “swill feeding” has been implicated in several major outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in overseas countries, including the 2001 outbreak in the United Kingdom.

In Australia it is illegal to feed meat, meat products or anything that has come into contact with meat to pigs. These are known as “prohibited pig feed” and include:

  • Bakery goods that contain meat such as pies, sausage rolls, bacon and cheese rolls
  • Household, commercial or industrial waste including restaurant food
  • Animal carcases
  • Anything that has been in contact with prohibited pig feed

These restrictions apply to all pigs, including pet pigs.

There are some things that are not considered prohibited pig feed, which may be fed to pigs. These include:

  • Milk, milk products and by products either of Australian origin or legally imported into Australia for stockfeed use
  • Eggs
  • Commercial made dry meal made from meat, blood or bone
  • Non meat bakery goods
  • Fruit vegetables and cereals

Play it safe – if you are unsure of what is allowable to feed to your pigs contact your nearest North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian for advice and help protect Australia from exotic diseases.

Media contact:

Ian Poe, District Veterinarian, Phone 0429 987 255

Photo captions:

Swill feeding can cause disease outbreaks