New biosecurity measures will be put in place on pig units in three pilot projects just given the go ahead, as part of the national BPEX Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP).
This marks the eagerly-awaited
second stage of the programme for pig producers in Yorkshire and East
Anglia, which were the first to get started on
regional health improvement – gathering and mapping health information and
forming a regional network of producers.
The three on-farm pilot groups – two
in Yorkshire and one in East
Anglia – will help establish the effectiveness
of certain measures in improving pig health status in a sustainable way.
BPEX has helped the producer groups
access RDPE funding to support the practical steps they are taking. One group is
upgrading its loading ramps to improve biosecurity and, in the second group, one
of the farms is doing a full depopulation. The third group, comprising more than
30 units, is carrying out a targeted PRRS vaccination.
Dr Charlotte Evans of BPEX said: “The aim is to show
that, where local producers work together, health status improves more rapidly
and should make for a lasting solution to persistent challenges.”
All other regions of
England are now embarking on the
first stage of the project and there are already more than 400 pig units across
the country signed up to the PHIP.
All pig farmers in
England can now sign up for the PHIP
and get free support and services to help improve pig health status. The initial
Sign and return PHIP and BPEX Pig
Health Scheme (BPHS) form
Immediate free access to BPHS
The vet completes the health survey
and biosecurity audit at their quarterly visit (funded by
Producers form local working groups
and start to develop long-term health plans to improve pig performance and
Producers in Yorkshire and East
Anglia who were previously registered with the regional schemes need to
‘re-register’ for the national PHIP which is, in effect, bringing all English
regions together to provide the same free support, including BPHS post-mortem
Visit www.pighealth.org.uk or contact Helen Clarke at BPEX on 07973 701369.