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Protecting pigs against the H1N1 strain of
influenza was one of the issues producers
learnt about at a recent Pig Health and
Biosecurity seminar in Toowoomba.
Queensland Primary Industries and
Fisheries (QPIF) and Elders Toowoomba,
hosted a free seminar on July 28 to provide
valuable information on improving pig
health and on farm biosecurity.
QPIF Biosecurity Queensland principal
policy officer, Dr Lyndon Dadswell said a
total of 60 people attended, including
producers from across the Darling Downs,
Lockyer Valley, Warwick, Bunya
Mountains, Kingaroy and Marburg.
"Piggery owners, operators, workers
and industry representatives attended the
seminar to learn about how to protect their
pigs from disease," he said.
"Good on farm biosecurity practices
can prevent diseases such as Influenza
H1N1 from being introduced into a
piggery -- it's vital that producers are aware
The key note speaker was Dr Greg
Marr, a pig veterinarian, consultant and
piggery owner from Kingaroy.
Dr Marr said pig heath was influenced
by the presence of disease agents, physiology,
management, nutrition and the environ-
"Minimising the number of disease-
causing agents, providing appropriate and
adequate diets, sufficient good quality
water, an environment that suits the
age/size of pig and handling pigs appropri-
ately minimises the risk of disease in pigs."
Dr Marr said weaner pigs could not
handle cold and drafty conditions and
benefited from controlled environment
Other speakers were veterinarian Dr
Marta Hernandez-Jover from University of
Sydney and QPIF Biosecurity Queensland
senior inspector Peter Mowett.
Dr Hernandez-Jover said that most
diseases entered a farm through the entry
of infected animals.
"Although, only a small percentage of
disease enters through other ways, such as
aerosol spread from other farms, contami-
nated objects such as dirty boots, and
vehicles, vectors (mosquitoes) or equipment
used for treatments, these pathways need to
be considered too" she said.
"Infected animals could be new
animals which have been bought from
"Also taking your own animals to
another property and bringing them home
may introduce disease."
To reduce the risk of introducing
disease with pigs, Dr Hernandez-Jover
urges pig producers to: know the health
status of suppliers; minimise the number of
source herds; use Artificial Insemination
where possible; use quarantine; and have a
fence around the farm to keep out feral
pigs.At the seminar, Dr Marta Hernandez-
Jover introduced a national biosecurity
training project for pig producers to
increase the understanding of biosecurity,
traceability and welfare requirements for
the pig industry.
"The project is being run over 12 to 18
months with cooperating pig producers,"
Peter Mowett from Biosecurity
Queensland outlined the state's biosecurity
requirements to protect the health of indi-
vidual piggeries and to protect markets for
pigs and pig products.
"In the event of disease or residues in
pigs or pig products, it is necessary to be
able to trace the movement of pigs to
determine the source and spread of
disease," Mr Mowett said.
Property registration, pig identification
and PigPass records are used to trace the
movements of pigs.
"This means Property Registration +
Animal Identification + Pig Pass =
Traceability," Mr Mowett said.
"It is also essential to reiterate that the
feeding of meat, carcases, eggs or food
scraps containing meat or eggs to livestock
is illegal because it can introduce and
spread animal diseases such as foot and
The Pig Health and Biosecurity
seminar was sponsored by Australian Pork
Limited and the Australian Biosecurity
Cooperative Research Centre.
For further information contact
DEEDI information centre on 13 25 23.
Talking pig health at Southern Queensland Seminar
Top: LtoR: Pig producer Will Beijsens from 'Ballgrove' Kingaroy, vet Greg Marr
from Kingaroy, Sara Willis from QPIF Toowoomba and Marta Hernandez-Jover
from University of Sydney. Above: LtoR: Pig producers Belinda Marriage from
Tillari Trotters, Karara, and Judy Barnet from Black Beauty Large Black Pig Stud
at Clintonvale with Laurie Dunn from QPIF Toowoomba and Peter Mowett from
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