Pork move hailed

February 08, 2018

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum has welcomed a national reporting scheme for the pig industry.

A national reporting scheme for the pork industry has been welcomed by Murray’s federal member.

State and territory governments yesterday introduced mandatory reporting of all pig movements under the National Livestock Identification System.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said strong traceability was a key part of a strong biosecurity system.

‘‘We have world-class piggeries right here in the Murray electorate and it is important we can keep them disease free and healthy,’’ Mr Drum said.

The system, known as PigPass, uses ear tags or tattoos to identify animals, Mr Drum said, with pig movements onto farms, saleyards, showgrounds and abattoirs recorded in a national database to help trace livestock in an emergency.

‘‘It would help find the source of disease and stop its spread.’’

Mr Drum encouraged Murray farmers and processors to familiarise themselves with PigPass.

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