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PigPass reporting now mandatory
IF you move a pig, you need to report it.
On July 26, 2017, all ag- riculture ministers agreed to mandatory reporting.
The result?
As of February 1, 2018 it will be a legal requirement for the person receiving the pig(s) to report the movement of pigs using PigPass.
Whether you are an ex- pert or a novice, have one pig,20pigs,apetpigora Christmas pig and regard- less of where or who you bought your pig from, the PigPass system still ap- plies to you.
PigPass is a tracking system used to track the movement of all pigs in Australia.
Through this system, a clear picture of all pig movements is developed.
This is extremely impor- tant in the event of a dis- ease outbreak.
Until now it has not been compulsory.
However, those estab- lished in the pig world will need to be aware their legal obligations
have changed.
Moreover, where appro-
priate, established pig pro- ducers should assist those new to the world in know- ing what the processes are and what is expected of them.
It is important that pig movements are reported within two days of pig(s) arriving on your property.
To date, about 76 percent of pig movements are re- ported within time but this needs to be much higher to meet the requirements of governments.
State and territory gov- ernments will be introduc- ing legislation to mandate pig movement reporting, including identification.
This will bring pigs in line with cattle, sheep and goat movement reporting.
To find out more about PigPass and to register, visit or call 1800 001 458.
The new rules can be downloaded from PigPass – just go to the FAQ page and click on ‘NLIS Pigs Standards’.
Meaghan Clack
Now that we have some better news, what have we learnt?
☛ from P12
2. Should we (and by ‘we’ I still mean all of industry) have pursued a more ag- gressive growth options strategy in 2015 and 2016 than focusing domestically because that’s where the best short-term profit is? Should we have built ca- pabilities for international markets, worked on more radical cost reductions and experimented more col- laboratively on making our product better than others and worth the premium it gets (still)?
3. Should we have also looked to plug information gaps in foodservice (which to be fair we have been do- ing for a year; it’s almost there, just too late for this price decline), wholesale and the 30 percent of pro-
duction that’s invisible to the rest of industry? Well obviously, knowing what we know now.
In conclusion, I’d like to return to the good news.
As a rule, most of us be- lieve that increased carcass weight and improved pro- ductivity in number of pigs sold per sow, per litter are good for our cost base.
While this price slide has been particularly unwel- come because we didn’t see it coming, we can only change the future, so let’s make sure next time this happens (and it seems to happen once a decade), we are better prepared with more options and markets, a broader range of product qualities and costs of pro- duction and better fore- sight.
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