BPEX has urged pig producers to take biosecurity seriously – warning that if porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) or African swine fever (ASF) were to hit the UK and close export markets, it could cost producers as much as 30p per kg almost overnight.

The organisation recently held a workshop in York, at which US producer Harold Lee gave an insight into how PEDv affected his business.

To help drive the message home, vet David Channells asked whether producers really wanted poor biosecurity practices to end their career in bankruptcy.

Former BPEX vet Derek Armstrong said stepping up biosecurity once you have PEDv was locking the stable door after the horse had bolted and that the time to take action is now.

According to Mr Armstrong, the focus should primarily be on keeping the diseases out of the UK and, if that fails, then it must switch to limiting its spread.

BPEX skills development co-ordinator Sam Bowsher said: “The video from Harold Lee was hard-hitting and thought provoking.

“The event was well-attended and successful – providing a great deal of food for thought. “Biosecurity is something the industry must take seriously.

“There is already a great deal of advice on the BPEX website, which can be accessed by following the link at the bottom of the page.”

BPEX is running farm-level biosecurity training starting at the end of the month.

Each half-day session costs £30 plus VAT and more details are available from www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/Training/
To view Mr Lee’s video visit: http://youtu.be/9bSGZBQkr1M
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