Welsh producers urged to be vigilant concerning PEDv threat

The potential impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) on the industry in Wales is to be the focus of a special producer meeting called by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), the Welsh meat promotion body.

Due to take place on Friday, April 17, the event is billed as an opportunity to discuss the highly infectious PEDv strain which has been such a problem in north America.

“Mild forms of PEDv have been seen in Wales in previous years,” said HCC’s industry information officer, Charlie Morris.  “The north American strain, however, is particularly virulent and could have serious consequences if introduced to Wales. Consequently, pig producers need to be vigilant and ensure that they can spot the symptoms.”

Veterinary experts will attend the meeting to share specialist knowledge on PEDv, the approaches taken to prevent the spread of disease in Wales and how a new outbreak should be controlled.

The meeting will also include an update on NCC’s current initiatives to develop and promote pork produced in Wales.

The meeting will be held at the Welsh Government Pavilion, Royal Welsh Showground, starting at 12 noon.

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