US producer to speak at pig disease seminar

A US pig producer will speak at Bpex’s seminars on the prevention of exotic diseases to highlight the devastation caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv).

Harold Lee, of Meadow Hill Farm, Iowa, will present a seminar on tackling PEDv as he did on his farm.

The pork levy board has set up three seminars across England, for pork producers to help them identify signs of exotic disease. Bpex welfare projects co-ordinator Georgina Crayford explained: “PEDv is threatening us from the US and ASF is spreading across mainland Europe so biosecurity is absolutely vital to provide protection for the British industry.

“An outbreak of either would be devastating, not only for the domestic industry but also for our exports which are now worth some £350 million a year.

The seminars will be held on:

16 September – Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
17 September – Diss Rugby Club, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 5RG
23 September – Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York, YO60 7RB.

The events are open to producers, processors, vets, hauliers and allied. Tickets are priced at £47 plus VAT, including lunch.

To book, contact Sue Wickham on 02476478793 or go to http://bit.ly/XPdli9

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