Feed and fodder

Requirements for fodder purchased from interstate

Drought conditions impact heavily on primary production and an unfortunate side effect of ongoing dry conditions is an increase in the presence of new and existing pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants on a property from fodder imported from other parts of NSW and interstate.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 places certain obligations on both vendors and purchasers who sell, purchase and transport fodder within NSW and interstate. Biosecurity in the fodder industry is largely managed through the General Biosecurity Duty (GBD) where everyone has a duty to minimise the impact and risk of weeds and pests in NSW.

The following table outlines the requirements for the entry of fodder into NSW:

Fodder typePest/disease/weedRequirements for entry into NSWLegislative requirementGood practice
Hay and other fodder that contains any part of a lupin plant, including grainLupin anthracnoseAll lupin material grown in Western Australia and South Australia is prohibited to enter NSW.

All consignments from all jurisdictions must also be labelled (e.g. consignment note) with the name and postcode of the city or town nearest to the place where the fodder was grown.

Contact NSW DPI for more information regarding required conditions and certification on 1800 680 244

Buyers of fodder from WA and SA should request a declaration (e.g. commodity vendor declaration) from the vendor declaring that the fodder is free of lupin material.

For more information, visit commodity vendor declarations for stock feeds.

All fodderGreen snail

Restrictions apply if fodder is grown or packed within 25 kilometres of a green snail infestation. Green snail is known to occur in Western Australia and Victoria.

Contact WA or VIC for locations of green snail infestations. Contact info for WA and VIC -

WA Export Officer: 08 9334 1800

VIC plant standards:136 186

Grown and packed within 25km of a green snail infestation.

The fodder must be treated and certified in accordance with NSW legislative requirements.

Contact NSW DPI for more information regarding required conditions and certification on 1800 680 244

Grown and packed more than 25km from a green snail infestation

All consignments from all jurisdictions must also be labelled (e.g. consignment note) with the name and postcode of the city or town nearest to the place where the fodder was both grown and packed.

Grown and packed more than 25km from a green snail infestation.

Buyers of fodder from Western Australia and Victoria should request a declaration (e.g. commodity vendor declaration) from the vendor stating that the fodder has not been grown or packed within 25 kilometres of a green snail infestation.

Hay and chaffTomato potato pysllidMust be dried. No certification required.  
 Red Imported Fire Ant - RIFA

A person may import into the State hay or straw bales if it is not from the RIFA zone in Queensland.

Hay and straw from within the zone requires a Plant Health Certificate meeting strict entry conditions.

Prohibited Matter
A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

Buyers of fodder from interstate requesting a declaration (e.g. commodity vendor declaration) from the vendor declaring that the fodder is not from the RIFA zone. Alternatively buyers should retain purchase invoices.
 Parthenium

No certification required however hay or straw from a known parthenium weed area would be considered contaminated and likely to carry seed.

Importer needs to be able to prove where the material was sourced.

Prohibited Matter
A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

Buyers of fodder from interstate requesting a declaration (e.g. commodity vendor declaration) from the vendor declaring that the fodder is free of parthenium. Alternatively buyers should retain purchase invoices.

Similarly buyers can refrain from buying fodder from Queensland around the Bauhinia, Belyando, Bowen, Broadsound, Dalrymple, Duaringa, Emerald, Fitzroy, Nebo and Peak Downs. Isolated infestations may also occur in other areas so inquire locally if you want to avoid harvesting in crops containing parthenium weed. For more information, visit Parthenium - our greatest threat.

 Branched Broomrape

No certification required however hay or straw from a known broomrape infested area of South Australia would be considered contaminated and likely carry seed.

Importer needs to be able to prove where the material was sourced.

All species of Orobanche are Prohibited Matter in NSW, except the natives Orobanche cernua var. australiana and Orobanche minor.

Prohibited Matter
A person who deals with prohibited matter or a carrier of prohibited matter is guilty of an offence. A person who becomes aware of or suspects the presence of prohibited matter must immediately notify the Department of Primary Industries.

Buyers of fodder from interstate requesting a declaration (e.g. commodity vendor declaration) from the vendor declaring that the fodder is free of branched broomrape.

Alternatively buyers should retain purchase invoices.

All supplementary feedChemical residues and animal toxins Biosecurity duty to prevent risk of producing chemically-affected animals.Commodity vendor declaration or known history of any chemicals.
SilageBotulism  Animals feeding on silage are vaccinated for botulism.

More information

In addition to the biosecurity considerations of imported fodder, it is also important that the fodder sourced is fit for purpose as a feed source for the class of animal. Choosing the wrong feedstuffs to supply livestock through the drought can do more harm than good, and producers are reminded to consider the specific needs of the stock they are feeding.

FAQ – Interstate fodder movements into NSW

All fodder (hay/grain/silage) moving into NSW must have a consignment note or similar that lists the town and post code of the town closest to where the fodder was produced.

Yes but you should ask the vendor for a declaration (e.g commodity vendor declaration) that states:

  1. the hay was produced outside the green snail area
  2. that it does not contain lupin plant material

Note: Hay may be moved from within the Green snail infested areas if it is accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate.

Yes but you should ask the vendor for a declaration that states:

  1. that it does not contain lupin plant material
  2. that it is free from branched broomrape

Yes all cereals and pulses can be imported as long as it isn’t lupin grain - You should ask the vendor for a declaration that states that it does not contain lupin grain.

Yes as long as lupin grain/seed is not part of the mix - You should ask the vendor for a declaration that states that the stockfeed does not contain lupin grain.

Yes but you should ask the vendor fora declaration that states:

  1. the hay was a produced and stored outside the Red Imported Fire Ant Zone (RIFA)
  2. that hay is free from parthenium  weed.

Note: Hay may be moved from within the RIFA zone if it is accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate.