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What is swill and can it be fed to pigs?

Swill is any animal food that contains animal matter such as meat, meat products or meat by-products. Swill is a Prohibited Pig Feed, which means it is illegal to feed it to pigs in all states and territories in Australia.

Swill includes any of the following: all meat, meat scraps, meat trimmings including chicken; offal such as liver, kidney, tongue, intestines, etc.; blood, bones and mammalian and chicken carcasses; any food cooked with, or that has been in contact with, meat, meat products or meat by-products; food scraps from food processors, homes, any food outlet and rubbish dumps; vegetable oils used to cook meat; and any food of unknown origin.

Swill feeding is illegal because swill can carry exotic diseases that could devastate our livestock industries. If such viruses entered Australia’s livestock industries, devastating results could follow both economically but also in terms of animal suffering. Many of these viruses are extremely resistant and survive boiling, freezing and curing processes. Feeding swill to pigs, allowing swill to be fed and not preventing access to swill are all considered serious offenses and carry fines. If you suspect pigs are being fed Prohibited Pig Feed, call your state/territory Department of Primary Industries or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 88.

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Updated on May 2, 2019
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