Swill and Restricted Animal Materials Feeding
Feeding swill to pigs is illegal in Australia. Swill is any material containing material of placental mammal origin (other than milk and milk by-products, properly rendered meat meal, or tallow). This ban on swill feeding is a most important part of Australia's efforts to keep Foot and Mouth Disease out of the country.
Swill feeding has been the cause of several exotic disease outbreaks, including the Foot and Mouth epidemic in the UK in 2001.
Many exotic animal disease viruses are highly resistant to chilling, freezing and curing. Boiling swill may not destroy all disease organisms.
Feeding Restricted Animal Materials (RAM) to ruminant animals (for example cattle, sheep, and goats) is also illegal in Australia. RAM is any animal product other than milk or milk protein, tallow and gelatin. Feeding RAM to cattle caused the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in the UK.
The general public has an important role in maintaining Australia's freedom from exotic diseases. If you believe someone is feeding swill or RAM to livestock or someone is supplying swill to pig owners or RAM for feeding to ruminants, please report your concerns to the Department (contact details below)
It is of the utmost importance that we all play a part in keeping FMD and other exotic animal diseases out of Australia.