Victoria is home to a diverse range of pig owners from large scale pork producers to those who have pigs as pets.
It is common for pig owners to have other farm animals, grow crops and have other business interests.
The department is responsible for the legislation, regulations and standards that govern pig production in Victoria.
We also provide information to help small scale pig farmers and those who have pigs for pets.
Forward planning will greatly reduce the amount of animal and human suffering in any emergency situation. The department provides information on emergency preparedness, and recovery information as well as updates on the latest emergency situation.
Read more at Agriculture.gov.au: Animal pests and diseases.
There are specific requirements for the management of pigs and piggeries. Below you will find information that will help pig owners and piggery managers to ensure that they operate within the minimum requirements of the law.
- Pig identification
- Transport and care of pigs
- Code of practice for the land transport of pigs
- Code of practice for piggeries
- Pig welfare standards and guidelines
- Sow group housing
- Animals in heat and bushfire
- The Wimmera Mallee intensive livestock analysis tool
- Application for pig identification ear tags (WORD - 81.5 KB)
African swine fever
Victoria is on alert for African swine fever, a highly contagious viral disease of pigs that is continuing to spread from foci in eastern Europe and in China.
Pig Tattoo Branding and Ear Tagging
Identification of pigs going for sale or slaughter is an essential part of monitoring for diseases and chemical residues.
Swill feeding is dangerous and illegal
Feeding meat, meat products, some dairy products and anything that has been in contact with meat could cause a disease outbreak. Read more about keeping pigs safe from prohibited food waste.
Farm biosecurity toolkit
Want to know the basics of biosecurity and farm management? This national website is a great starting place.
Pig health and welfare
Our programs deliver a range of benefits for the pig industry including disease monitoring and promoting welfare.
Transport and care of pigs
It is important to ensure that transporting pigs is as stress-free for them as possible.