Pig health and welfare
The department's animal health and welfare programs aim to:
- monitor disease occurrence
- mitigate the economical and social effects of disease and chemical residue occurrence
- facilitate the marketing of Victorian livestock and livestock products
- promote the welfare of farmed animals.
Development and delivery of the programs involves policy, legislation, advisory, research and regulatory activities.
Increasingly, the programs form part of a national approach to ensure that our livestock and livestock products meet the requirements of domestic and international customers.
On this page you will find information relating to pig health and welfare.
Pig Services Centre (Bendigo)
The Pig Services Centre (PSC), within the Chief Veterinary Officer’s (CVO) unit of department, is a facility that aims to support Victoria’s pig industry through the manufacture of farm-specific (autogenous) vaccines and provision of some diagnostic testing services.
The centre has a well-established vaccine production laboratory with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) accreditation provided by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
The Centre produces autogenous (farm-specific) vaccines that are not available "off-the-shelf" to assist with the control of endemic diseases of pigs and poultry.
Some of the pig vaccines produced at the Centre are against pleuropneumonia caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP), Glasser’s disease caused by Haemophillus parasuis and 'greasy pig’ disease caused by Staphyloccus hyicus.
Find more information on common pig diseases and health.
Some diseases are notifiable under state legislation to assist with early recognition of emergency animal diseases. See notifiable diseases for further information.
Find more information on emergency diseases of pigs that are not present in Australia:
Herd health checklist
Use this checklist to monitor the health of your herd.
Find information about the guidelines and regulations put in place to protect pig welfare.
See the Fit for the Intended Journey Guide by Australian Pork for assisting producers and stock people handling pigs to make informed decisions concerning the fitness of stock prior to and during loading.
Biosecurity for pigs
Read the biosecurity guidelines for pig producers and information regarding: