Environmental guidelines

Here you’ll find resources, factsheets and guides on environmental best practice piggery management.

Guidelines for indoor and outdoor piggeries

Whether you manage an indoor or outdoor piggery, there are Environmental Guidelines to follow. These guidelines cover topics such as:  

  • Planning 

  • Site selection 

  • Separation  

  • Buffer distances 

  • Cleaner production 

  • Housing design and management 

  • Effluent management systems 

  • Reuse areas 

  • Nutrient content of by-products 

  • Carcass management 

  • Monitoring 

  • Chemical storage  

  • Environmental management plans 

Risk assessment

The Environmental Risk Assessment (RA) is a self-assessment that can help you identify the environmental impacts of a piggery including: 

  • Risks and vulnerabilities  

  • Mitigation strategies  

Download the Environmental RA  

Management plan templates

Whether you have a conventional or outdoor piggery, an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) Template can help you with general management of the whole farm.  

This includes: 

  • Design features  

  • Management practices 

  • Risks and mitigation strategies  

  • Day to day environmental management 

Piggery manure and effluent management

Find guidelines for piggery manure and effluent management.  

These guides cover all aspects of effluent and solids management including:  

  • Collection 

  • Handling 

  • Treatment 

  • Reuse 

  • Monitoring 

  • Nutrient valuation  

  • Duty of care statement for selling products  

Best management practice booklets

For best management practice, use these 6 booklets as guides for:  

  • Managing a rotational outdoor piggery  

  • Minimising potential impacts on the surrounding environment 

  • Identifying environmental issues associated with outdoor piggeries 

  • Site selection 

  • Managing soil nutrient accumulation 

  • Removing nutrients 

  • Managing mortalities  

  • Site rehabilitation.