New swine dysentery case prompts Charter sign-up call

Pig producers are being urged to join the industry’s Significant Disease Charter (SDC) after another case of swine dysentery was diagnosed on a farm in Yorkshire.

Although the case has now been confirmed by tests, further details of the affected farm are only being made available to SDC members.

“The aim of the charter is to share information quickly making the control and elimination of the disease easier and faster,” said AHDB Pork veterinary manager, Martin Smith (pictured above).

“Those who used to belong to the old Swine Dysentery Charter still need to sign up to the new one as their details have not been carried across. I would urge all producers to become members as it benefits the whole industry, not only with outbreaks of swine dysentery but also any other exotic or emerging diseases.”

NPA senior policy adviser, Dr Georgina Crayford, agreed: “These cases are cropping up more frequently so I can’t overstress how important it is for producers to sign up to the Charter which can bring benefit to the whole industry.”

The charter is run by AHDB Pork on behalf of the Pig Health and Welfare Council and is an extension of the swine dysentery charter.

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