Biennial PHWC report published into pig health

The Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) has published its biennial report into the main issues surrounding pig health during the 2015-2016 period.

The Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) is a cross-industry alliance  representing every stage of pig production along the chain which aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to improving pig health and welfare.

Highlights of the report include the council’s work on combatting antimicrobial resistance, and the continued focus on the control strategy for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv). This resulted in PEDv becoming notifiable in England in 2015.

Writing in the report, chief vet Nigel Gibbens says the report highlights the achievements of the industry in monitoring and tackling pig disease. “This emphasises the importance of high quality and comprehensive surveillance in order to identify threats to the industry which can include emerging, exotic or endemic diseases or those which are of significant threat to trade. I am pleased that the industry is looking to identify ways of improving surveillance in partnership with the government.”

The full report can be found here: http://pork.ahdb.org.uk/media/273917/phwc-biennial-report-2015-16.pdf

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