Bpex takes steps against exotic pig diseases
Published:  01 September, 2014

Bpex has reported steady progress in the prevention of exotic diseases, such as African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) entering the UK.

Bpex welfare projects co-ordinator Georgina Crayford said: “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 pork levy board has set up seminars for pork producers to help them identify signs of exotic disease, including talks from American counterparts who have tackled PEDv. The seminars are being 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.

Meanwhile, a roundtable, set up under the Pig Health and Welfare Council, has identified the import of live pigs and semen to be possibly hazardous to the spread of PEDv and ASF in the UK.

“Bpex is also funding the testing of intestinal contents from outbreaks of diarrhoea in any age of pig on any premises in England and Wales,” said Bpex veterinary advisor Derek Armstrong.