Bio-Security – It’s a SHARED Responsibility

It’s all of our responsibility to ensure that bio-secuirity is top notch! This means that we need to make sure that our plants and animals remain safe and that we don’t have pests or other animals coming in to Australian and destroying our live stock.

During our afternoon Archi meetings, our group broke off into little groups and as a group we researched all that we could about bio-diversity and security. We learnt that the Australian Pork Industry is committed to protecting food and animal health through cleansing and disinfecting. They make sure that farmers use personal protective equipment and monitor reportable diseases.

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When Laura came out to talk all things pork, she told us about one of the awesome ways that the Australian Pork Industry is reducing bio-security risks. “As a pig farmer, the number one way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds out of your piggery business. Australian Pork Limited has developed a number of tools and resources to help you keep your pigs healthy and protect the entire industry from disease risks.” -http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/industry/pigs/

Australian Pork Industry – PigPass National Vendor Declaration scheme

“PigPass is one part of the industry’s comprehensive traceability system. It is the pork industry’s National Vendor Declaration (NVD) scheme, which ensures that movements of pigs are documented, and in the event of a problem, are traceable. If you need to move pigs off your property then you will need a PigPass NVD. This NVD records the number of pigs moved, the Property Identification Codes (PIC) of the properties involved, the tattoo number of the pigs and other important information” – http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/industry/pigs/

How awesome is that! It’s like a little barcode that lets farmers know the whereabouts of their pigs and are traceable if there’s a problem. The Archi team chose to include this awesome little touch to our Piggery to Plate artwork on Em-moo-ly. We are going to put little QR codes on Em’s face which link back to us telling a little story either about our creative journey or fascinating facts that we’ve learnt along the way. These little QR codes will act as our little NVDs! How cool!

Oh and before you go, Laura also spoke to us about Swill Feeding and how feeding  ‘swill’ to pigs is illegal in all states and territories of Australia. Feeding swill to pigs is the most likely way that Australian livestock may be exposed to an exotic disease agent like foot and mouth disease. “Swill includes meat or meat products, or anything that has been in contact with meat or meat products. Swill may include food scraps, bakery waste and waste from restaurants.  It generally does not include tallow, gelatin, dairy products or commercially rendered meat and bone meal or fish meal.” -http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/industry/pigs/

 

 

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