Australia remains free of FMD. Good biosecurity practices and early detection will be essential to reduce the potential impact of FMD if it ever arrives in Australia.
To learn about the robust national plan in place for FMD, visit Animal Health Australia’s emergency response arrangements under ‘Disease-specific documents’: AUSVETPLAN
FMD is listed as a prohibited matter under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. It is an offence for any person to deal with FMD in NSW, including any such carrier. This includes any animal, animal product or other items that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of FMD. Penalties apply.
Everyone is required to take actions to prevent, eliminate or minimise risk of an outbreak. This includes a duty to notify authorities if this is suspected to have occurred. Failure to comply with these provisions may be an offence under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
It is illegal to feed food waste containing meat or other mammalian by-products to pigs. This practice is known as swill feeding (swill is also known as prohibited pig feed) and is a high-risk pathway for FMD to enter Australia.
Don’t let feral pigs access your waste.
All livestock owners should have a farm biosecurity plan in place on their property, including accurate records of livestock and product movement.
While every farm’s biosecurity plan will be different, there are many strategies that can be implemented Australia-wide to protect against FMD:
Livestock producers should be alert for signs of FMD in their animals:
If animals are showing any signs that are consistent with FMD, this needs to be reported immediately to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888, NSW DPI or Local Land Services District Veterinarian.
Using this information, the NLIS can provide a life history of an animal's movements and discern if contact with other livestock occurred.
For more information on livestock transactions and movements, visit the Integrity Systems Company website.