On-farm biosecurity is essential
- ASF is on our doorstep, strong biosecurity and hygiene practices are crucial.
- Farm biosecurity starts at the front gate. When entering a farm or production area use:
- on-farm tools, boots and equipment if provided
- a footbath for footwear
- a suitable disinfectant, such as Virkon S or chlorine for disinfection of equipment.
- When you leave a farm, always
- disinfect your boots, clothes, vehicles and any equipment you are taking with you.
- Wash your clothes and equipment regularly to keep Australia clean.
- Strong biosecurity practices and hygiene are crucial. ASF can be spread by people on their skin, clothing, footwear, and in their hair.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling animals.
- Overseas workers who have contact with pigs at home should wait a minimum of seven days or avoid having any contact at all with pigs in Australia.
- Overseas workers should not bring any clothes or equipment used with pigs in their home country to Australia.
- Know the signs – early detection is key. If you see something suss, call us. Report symptoms to the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline 1800 675 888.
- Protect your property - find resources to help keep your farm and pigs clean on the farm biosecurity website.
Last updated: 12 December 2019