| February 06, 2018

Going the whole hog on livestock traceability

Australia’s biosecurity will be further strengthened by the delivery of a national reporting scheme for the pork industry.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum has welcomed mandatory reporting of all pig movements under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), which will be introduced by all state and territory governments from today.

“Strong traceability is a key part of a strong biosecurity system. We have world class piggeries right here in the Murray electorate and it is important we can keep them disease free and healthy,” Mr Drum said.

“The NLIS for pork, known as PigPass, uses ear tags or tattoos to identify animals. All pig movements onto farms, saleyards, showgrounds and abattoirs are documented in a database using a National Vendor Declaration. This database is used by state and territory governments to trace livestock in an emergency.
“PigPass means animals can be identified quickly and allows the property of birth and residence to be easily located if there were ever a food safety issue or an exotic disease outbreak.

“This would be important if Australia had say a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak—it would help find the source of disease and stop its spread.

“The Pork industry is important to regional Australia worth more than $1.3 billion with over 1400 pork farms across this nation.
“I encourage farmers and processors across the Murray electorate to familiarise themselves with PigPass.”
More information about PigPass can be found at www.pigpass.com.au or by calling Australian Pork Limited on 1800 001 458.
Fast facts:
• There are more than 1400 pig farms in Australia (2015–16)
• The industry is worth more than $1.3 billion to the national economy.
• Australia exported $124 million worth of pig meat exports in 2016–17.

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