Little piggy not for market

• Landholders are reminded it is an offence to capture, keep and transport live feral pigs, with offenders facing fines of up to $20,000. Cont

by Melissa Blewitt

Central West Local Land Services biosecurity staff discovered an attempted sale of a live feral pig while conducting routine inspections at regional saleyards recently.

Under the direction of Local Land Services stock inspectors, this animal was withdrawn from sale and destroyed.

The consignee will be held liable for all costs incurred during this process and may also face fines for breaches under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

Biosecurity officer Alicia Whiley said people need to understand that selling and keeping feral pigs really isn’t worth the risk.

“As a declared pest in NSW, it is an offence to capture, keep and transport live feral pigs, with offenders facing fines of up to $20,000,” she explained.

“Rather than turning a profit, you could end up facing large fines and council fees.”

A feral pig is defined as any pig born in the wild or has at any time run in the wild and can be identified by traits such as either multi or black colouring, coarse hair, long snouts and potentially aggressive and erratic behaviour.

“Selling live feral pigs in a domestic pig sale threatens market access and the biosecurity of all pig producers,” Miss Whiley said.

“Feral pigs can also carry potentially fatal diseases which are transferable to both animals and humans, such as leptospirosis, brucella suis and Q-fever.

Local Land Services biosecurity officers regularly attend sales and conduct random property inspections to ensure compliance.

For more information about feral pigs and how to control them on your property, please speak to a biosecurity officer at your nearest Local Land Services office.

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