Swine dysentery reported in Yorkshire

BPEX is asking pig producers in Yorkshire to be vigilant after swine dysentery was confirmed on three commercial units in the county. The cases all appeared unexpectedly in the past two weeks – there’s no idea where it has come from – and extra vigilance during this cold wet weather is advised.

The outbreaks have all been contained within individual pens or housing, so there’s no major risk to other pig producers. However, BPEX is keen for anyone with symptoms of diarrhoea in their herds to have it checked by their vet to ensure it’s not dysenteric, or indeed PED.

BPEX would also like to strain type any dysentery that’s found using the AHVLA’s Multi Locus Sequence Typing. Funding may be available to producers for this to be done. 

The units affected are all members of the Swine Dysentery Producers Charter. More information on the outbreaks is available to members, and producers who would like to join should contact: pighealth@bpex.ahdb.org.uk

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