The pig industry is leading the way with its collaborative approach to health and welfare, according to MP Neil Parish, chair of the environment, food and rural affairs committee.
The report highlights the progress made in the last two years as well as the targets set for each of the council’s subgroups, which cover antimicrobials, pig meat safety, welfare and surveillance.
Meryl Ward, chairman of AHDB Pork (part of the PHWC), said: “It’s a proactive partnership between cross-industry organisations and it’s the way we work closely together that underpins success in achieving our 20:20 Pig Health and Welfare Strategy goals.”
Emerging diseases is one example of the major challenges facing the British pig industry, which are being addressed by the PHWC.
PHWC chairman Jim Scudamore said: “New and emerging diseases remain a major concern to the pig industry with porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), African swine fever (ASF) and porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome (PRRS) of high importance.
“Much of the surveillance sub group’s work in the past year has been devoted to PED. Development of the PED contingency plan for England, the standard operating procedures and diagnostic tests has required close collaboration across the pig industry, with considerable assistance from Animal and Plant Health Agency and Government.”
To see the report visit: pork.ahdb.org.uk/media/73845/phwc-report-2015.pdf