Pig health strategy unveiled
By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews
The UK’s Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) has launched its latest biennial report, outlining its priorities for the next two years.
The report was unveiled by Dr Jane Downes MRCVS, chair of the PHWC, at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
The biennial report (2017-2018) details the PHWC’s achievements from the past two years and highlights priorities for the coming year.
During the past two years, the council has taken a new approach to managing projects, holding workshops and developing smaller, manageable programmes of work.
One such workshop resulted in Exercise Trent, a disease simulation exercise held to test the contingency plan for dealing with an outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv). The exercise was implemented primarily by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), with support from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
Other programmes of work have focused on topics such as African Swine Fever (ASF), LA-MRSA and hepatitis E, and the council has also had a wider involvement in the tail-biting action group and Defra’s revised code of practice for pig welfare.
The report detailed another industry achievement that the PHWC has contributed to, the considerable advances in reducing antibiotic usage in pigs. The group continues to support the industry to reduce antibiotic use again to 110 mg/PCU in 2018. This represents a further 16% reduction on 2017 figures and edges closer to the 2020 industry target of 99 mg/PCU.
Looking ahead ....