Australian farmers fined for swill feeding
Three farmers in New South Wales, Australia have been fined a total of
$32,980 (€20,180) for swill feeding 620 pigs at three separate properties.
It is one of the biggest swill busts in NSW, according to Primary Industries
Minister Ian Macdonald. NSW Department of Primary Industries agricultural
compliance manager, Andrew Sanger, said the pigs were being allowed to feed on
dead sheep as well as other animal carcasses including pigs and
Swill feeding has
caused foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks overseas, including the catastrophic
epidemic in the United Kingdom in 2001. It was common in Australia in the 1950s
and is now banned nationwide.
Some food wastes have been categorised as 'prohibited
substances', and it is against the law to feed them to pigs.
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