Avian flu risk for Anglian pig producers
The National Pig Association has warned that the
recent discovery of H5N1 bird flu in Holton, Suffolk, could have major
implications for the pig industry.
Many farms in East Anglia, eastern England, have mixed pig and poultry
holdings. It is the region with the highest combined concentrations of both
species in the country.
If bird flu
is diagnosed in poultry flocks, all pigs on the same
infected premises must be tested. Tests on pigs will be carried out three weeks
after any infected poultry have been slaughtered. During this period pigs can
only be moved from the premises under special licence.
Diagnosis of the virus should not trigger any pigmeat export bans,
however, any delays in pig movements caused during the testing period could
result in considerable financial losses.
Clarification will also be required from major retailers and processors
that they would be prepared to accept pigs consigned from infected mixed pig and
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