Roundtable makes over 30 recommendations for exotic pig diseases

Representatives from the pig industry attended a Pig Health and Welfare Council roundtable, and came up with over 30 recommendations to deal with the threat of exotic and emerging diseases.

The event was held in Westminster and experts from the National Pig Association, Bpex, the British Meat Processors Association, Defra and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, as well as veterinarians, scientists and producers were all present. There were nearly 50 people in attendance.

The recommendations were made so that diseases can be speedily identified, prevented from spreading when in the UK, and prevented from entering the UK if emerging around the world.

Derek Armstrong, head of research and development at Bpex, said: It went very well we had a good workshop and we came up with some very useful recommendations. It will help protect the industry.

Armstrong said that the meeting was a consequence of the devastating effects of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus in America: In North America there has been a large outbreak of the virus, it has been spreading out of control. US pig numbers are down over 5% and that has resulted in record pig prices there.

He explained that now the actions had been identified, the next steps were to find out who would take responsibility for the recommendations, and to work out in what timeframe they would be delivered.

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