Driffield Show cancels pig classes

The organisers of today’s Driffield Show have cancelled the pig classes due to concerns over swine dysentery.

The decision was made yesterday on the eve of the one-day event. In a statement, the  show organisers said: “As you may be aware there has recently been a case of Swine dysentery confirmed in our local area. Following consultation with our society vets we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the pig section at this year’s Driffield Show.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and we thank everyone concerned for their understanding.”

A case of swine dysentery was confirmed in North Yorkshire last week, the latest in a spate of cases in the region this year.

The decision follows the cancellation of pig classes at last week’s Great Yorkshire show because of a suspected case of disease at a recent show. Initial test results for the pig in question came back negative.

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