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Aujeszky's eradication scheme isn't working

by 5m Editor
8 November 2004, at 12:00am

UK - The current Aujeszky's Disease eradication programme in Northern Ireland is too complicated and is not offering local producers a meaningful way forward, according to Ulster Farmers' Union pigs committee secretary Aileen Smyth.

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She says the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development must introduce an effective testing and eradication programme immediately, or trade will be affected, as Britain is free of the disease and the Republic of Ireland is working towards being Aujeszky's-free.

Northern Ireland has had an eradication scheme for ten years but the disease has still not been eliminated. The scheme includes a voluntary register for herds that are officially free of the disease, enabling others to restock from a disease-free source.

In 2002 a voluntary Aujeszky's disease vaccination programme was also introduced.

Source: National Pig Association - 8th November 2004

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