Don’t feed swill to pigs

There are restrictions on what you can feed pigs to prevent diseases entering or spreading in the NT.

You must not feed pigs any swill that contains material from mammals or poultry, or has come into contact with such material. Swill is considered to be a prohibited pig feed.

Its illegal to feed pigs human food

It is illegal to feed swill to pigs and strong penalties  apply. Strict regulations are in place in every state and territory in  Australia. These restrictions apply to everyone, regardless of whether the pigs  are bred commercially or as pets.

Australia is fortunate enough to be relatively disease free  and imported meat products from other countries may contain viruses that are  not found in Australia. It is believed that feeding swill to pigs was the cause  of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the UK in 2001.

For more information see our Agnote  J61 Don’t feed swill to pigs or visit the Farm  Biosecurity website.

Contact the livestock biosecurity team

Darwin
Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8999 2034
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8999 2030

Katherine
Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8973 9767
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8973 9765

Tennant Creek
Principal Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8962 4458
Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8962 4492

Alice Springs
Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer 08 8951 8125

Department website:    https://nt.gov.au/industry/agriculture/livestock

Last updated: 11 September 2018