In August 1972, there was an extensive outbreak of swine fever causing the deaths of a large number of pigs in numerous farms. Due to widespread rumours that the disease affects humans, consumption of pork plunged drastically. As a result the ex-farm prices fell and pig farmers consequently suffered huge losses. The outbreak was eliminated by December of that year.
This incident led to the livestock associations at various district and state levels realising the need to form an association at the national level, in order to represent the interest of all the livestock associations and strive for the welfare and benefits of livestock farmers under one umbrella organisation.
On the 24th day of December 1972, representatives from the Penang and Province Wellesly Farmers' Association, Sepang Pig Farmers' Association, Selangor Pig Farmers' Association, Selangor Poultry Farmers' Association, Negeri Sembilan Livestock Rearers' Association, Perak Animal Husbandary Association, Johor Livestock Rearers' Association and Malacca Livestocks Rearers' Association gathered in the premises of the Selangor Poultry Farmers' Association in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the idea and a protem committee was formed.
By May 1974, the registration of the Federation of Livestock Farmers' Associations of West Malaysia was approved by the Registrar of Societies and the inaugural Central Committee was elected on 4th of June of that year.
With the inclusion of the Kuching Livestock Farmers' Association, Sarawak in 1975 under the national umbrella, approval was given by the Registrar of Societies for the Federation to adopt its present name as "Federation of Livestock Farmers' Association of Malaysia" and is generally referred to by the abbreviation FLFAM.
1974年5月，西马禽畜业联合总会终获得社团注册官批准注册，并于 6月4日召开成立大会，推选第一届理事会。雪兰莪养猪公会主席张庆珊和雪兰莪养鸡公会主席欧阳励兴分别选为会长和总务。 1975年由于东马古晋禽畜业公会的加入，本会更名为“马来西亚禽畜业联合总会”。