Australia's pork industry strengthened by new reporting rules

PIG PASS: Pig traceability on the rise in Australia. Picture: SHUTTERSTOCK
PIG PASS: Pig traceability on the rise in Australia. Picture: SHUTTERSTOCK

Australia’s pork industry will be revamped to bring it “in line” with the cattle, sheep and goat industries after the introduction of a national pork reporting scheme.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud greeted the mandatory reporting of pig movements in Australia under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).

“The NLIS for pork, known as PigPass, uses ear tags or tattoos to identify animals. All pig movements onto farms, saleyards, showgrounds and abattoirs are documented in a database using a National Vendor Declaration,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This database is used by state and territory governments to trace livestock in an emergency.”

“PigPass will help Australia keep its excellent reputation for delivering high quality and safe produce.”

“The pork industry is important to regional Australia worth more than $1.3 billion with over 1400 pork farms across the nation.”

The new mandatory reporting laws will strengthen Australia’s biosecurity and will be introduced by all state and territory governments from this week onward.