Important information for livestock owners

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NSW 2484

02 6672 1919
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Mandatory PICS

As of the 1st of September 2012, anyone who keeps livestock in NSW is required to obtain a Property Identification Code (PIC) for the land on which the livestock are kept. This was required already for those trading cattle, sheep, goats or pigs but it is now also required for anyone who owns horses, donkeys, deer, bison, buffalo, alpaca, llama, 100 or more poultry or 10 or more emus/ostriches. It is required regardless of whether or not the stock are being traded or sold. A PIC can be obtained from the LHPA, with more information at the NSW department of agriculture


Swill feeding

The feeding of swill to pigs remains the main risk of FMD (foot-and-mouth disease) establishing in Australia. New policy and procedure has reemphasised that it is illegal in NSW to feed meat or meat products or anything that has been in contact with meat to pigs.


We have many small holdings, new people to agriculture and hobby farmers that increases the risk of swill feeding.

Please be alert for any evidence that a pig owner is feeding swill and immediately report to the LHPA if suspect. The LHPA has a role to carry out random farm inspections for swill feeding.  The new policy also clarifies that body fluids or part of pigs from the same pig farm can only be fed to pigs on that farm under a strict veterinary prescription. For more information on swill feeding, click here 

You must not feed meat, meat products or anything that has been in contact with meat to pigs.  This includes:

- pies, sausage rolls, bacon and cheese rolls, pizza, deli meats, table scraps etc; and 

- household, commercial or industrial waste including restaurant food and discarded cooking oils; and 

- anything that has been in contact with prohibited pig feed via collection, storage or transport in contaminated containers (such as meat trays and take-away food containers).


You CAN feed pigs;

- milk, milk products and milk by-products either of Australian origin or legally imported into Australia for stockfeed use

- eggs

- dry meal made from meat, blood or bone (processed by commercial hot rendering and purchased from a reputable produce store or feed merchant)

- non-meat bakery food substances

- fruit, vegetables and cereals

FMD has been identified as the single greatest threat of any disease to Australian livestock industries.  An outbreak of FMD in Australia would have devastating socio-economic  impacts.

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