BPEX is urging UK pig producers to review biosecurity to protect their herds against devastating diseases, including African Swine Fever (ASF) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus, which have both spread to new countries this week.
Key points for good biosecurity include:
- the isolation of pigs on arrival to the unit
- limiting access to vehicles and people
- thorough cleaning and disinfection of livestock lorries
- arranging an offsite collection point for deadstock collection vehicles
Producers should always ensure that pigs have no access to meat products or products which may have come into contact with meats.
For help, the Pig Health Improvement Project offers a biosecurity tool at www.pighealth.org.uk or producers can contact a regional health manager directly on 07816 938542 (south) or 07805 791038 (north).