British pig producers are applying high level protection measures against PEDv and African swine fever (ASF) with more than 80% no longer taking breeding pigs from at-risk countries, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).
Based on the latest results from its Weakest Link quiz, NPA puts the importing block on pigs from at-risk sources at 82%. In addition, 60% of the 66 units which took part in the survey are reported to be applying the very highest levels of anti-disease defence.
This includes taking no breeding pigs, AI or feed supplements from at-risk countries, while ensuring that all staff and visitors are at least three days pig-free after travelling abroad and must not be wearing any of the clothes or footwear they wore when abroad.
Even the 18% of units which are given the lowest defence ranking in the survey, are applying the three-day rule to staff and visitors, especially if they have been to the US or eastern Europe.