Australian farmers fined for feeding swill to pigs
Three Australian farmers have been fined almost AUD$33,000 (€20,180) for
swill feeding 620 pigs at three separate properties in New South Wales
It is one of the biggest swill busts in NSW, according
to Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald. NSW Department of
Primary Industries agricultural compliance manager, Andrew Sanger, said the pigs
were being allowed to feed on dead sheep as well as other animal carcasses
including pigs and poultry from the Forbes properties.
The NSW DPI and the local Rural Lands Protection Board
investigated the case and brought it before the court as a breach of the Stock
Diseases Act. Dr Sanger said the seriousness of the offences can not be
overstated. "Swill feeding is illegal," he said.
"Activities like this
increase risk of spreading a number of endemic diseases like anthrax, and have
the potential to cause exotic disease outbreaks such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease.
"Diseases associated with swill feeding animals have the potential to
cause massive disaster for our livestock industries through loss of export
markets, lost production and large-scale animal health and welfare issues."
Swill feeding has caused foot-and-mouth disease
outbreaks overseas, including the catastrophic epidemic in the UK in 2001. It
was common in Australia in the 1950s and is now banned nationwide. Some food
wastes have been categorised as 'prohibited substances', and it is against the
law to feed them to pigs.
â€¢ Australian Department of Primary
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