Pig Farmers can risk losing animal to entry and spread of disease. Thats why DARD have issued some advice on how to keep your pigs from contracting a disease which could spread to other herds and animals and Northern Ireland.
The most common method of disease spread is pig-to-pig contact, with stock coming onto the unit posing the biggest risk. If buying in stock quarantine them on another site for at least four weeks. Only move them to the home unit after blood testing. Disease can also be spread through:
- Purchased semen
- Other living creatures, for example, flies, pets and birds
- Clothing and shoes of visitors moving from farm to farm
- Contaminated feed and bedding
- Visitors or employees who have been in recent contact with other pigs
- Animal carcases
- Contaminated vehicles hauling sows and pigs
- Equipment that has been in contact with pigs on another unit
- Feed delivery lorries and lorry drivers
- Packages delivered to the farm
Read more at the DARD website. Biosecurity is a big responsibility and theFarmpage.com encourage pig farmers to take the precaution necessary to keep their animals fit and healthy.
Pig Farmer – Northern Ireland