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UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report - August 2004

by 5m Editor
20 September 2004, at 12:00am

By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

Quarterly Surveillance Report Pigs: Vol. 8 No. 2
April – June 2004 - Published Aug 2004
Contents

OVERVIEW (here)

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES:

ZOONOTIC DISEASES/FOOD SAFETY:
- Potential Food Safety Incidents
- Salmonellosis, Salmonella incidents:
- Brucellosis
- Streptococcal infections & disease,
Streptococcus suis isolates, incidents,
Other streptococcal infections

ENDEMIC DISEASES

PMWS and PDNS

ENTERIC DISEASE

RESPIRATORY DISEASE:
- Swine Influenza

REPRODUCTIVE DISEASE

MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASE

WELFARE

Highlights: Second Quarter 2004

  • Further indications of a diminution in the effects of PMWS
  • An additional report of an outbreak of coccidiosis in older pigs.
  • Several sunburn incidents reported despite availability of wallows
  • BPEX progress plans to implement the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) through national abattoir disease surveillance

Overview

The Meat and Livestock Commission Economics (www.mlceconomics.org.uk), Pig Market Outlook: 04/3 July 2004, provides an overview of the pig sector. Pig prices remained between 108 and 110p/kg dw (GB Deadweight Average Pig Price: DAPP) during the second quarter. Prices nevertheless did not fully compensate for the higher feed costs compared with 2003.

Productivity of sows is considered likely to improve for the rest of the year, partly because of a declining impact of the reduced productivity attributed to the very hot summer weather in 2003, partly because of the breeding herd’s more stable age structure, and partly because of a diminishing adverse impact from postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS).

BPEX included the development of improved disease surveillance information for producers as a high priority within its ‘Strategy for British Health and Welfare’. Current plans are to implement the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) through a national abattoir scheme. Initially in three English abattoirs from September, followed by the national scheme early next year.

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Source: Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) - August 2004