Keeping track of pig movements is an important step in keeping Australia’s pig herd healthy and free of exotic diseases. In the event of a disease outbreak, authorities must be able to quickly determine the source of a disease outbreak and notify people with pigs in the affected area to stop the spread of disease.
The Australian pork industry tracks pig movements through PigPass, which provides real time information on the movements of all pigs in Australia. This applies to all pet pig owners, animal save farms, hobby farmers, own meat supply and commercial producers, regardless of the numbers of the pigs moved. From 1 February 2018, state and territory governments will be introducing mandatory reporting of all pig movements to the PigPass database. Failure to comply with the reporting requirements may result in a penalty notice.
PigPass has two main components – the PigPass National Vendor Declaration form (PigPass NVD) and the PigPass database that records the movements of all pigs.
A PigPass NVD must be completed when you move pigs from any property where the pigs have been kept whether this is a farm, showground or saleyard. Those responsible for the pigs must complete a PigPass NVD ensuring all information has been completed in full, including the destination property identification code or PIC. The receiver must 'close the loop' by reporting the movement to the PigPass database using the originating sender’s serial number from the PigPass NVD. A receiver could be an abattoir, a pig producer, a pet pig owner, a saleyard, a knackery, a show or event or a livestock agent.
This PigPass app combines both aspects of PigPass with the ability to complete a PigPass NVD, and for the receiver of the pigs to report the movement using the app. The app allows the PigPass NVD to be shared with the transport driver and receiver using QR codes.