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Animal Welfare
New pig health and welfare strategy launched by BPEX

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A NEW health and welfare strategy for pigs in England was launched last week by the British Pig Executive (BPEX). In a report, entitled ‘20:20 Pig Health and Welfare’, BPEX says that its vision is to produce ‘an English pig herd where health and welfare are continually improving, which results in better pig performance, the production of a safe and quality product, reduced environmental impact and increasing sustainability of an industry that contributes fully to national food security’.

The new strategy builds on the success of the British Pig Health and Welfare Strategy, which has been in place since 2003. Its main objectives are to:

  • Support pig producers in delivering their objectives for continual improvements in pig health and pig welfare;

  • Eliminate or control significant enzootic pig diseases locally, regionally and nationally;

  • Eliminate or control significant infections of food safety and public health concern (eg, Salmonella);

  • Develop and promote new knowledge on the assessment of welfare outcomes;

  • Promote the open exchange of information on the disease status for herds and regions;

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