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: 28 September 2020

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