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APHA improves its carcase collection service

The APHA has increased the number of haulage companies that will collect livestock carcases from farms free of charge for disease investigation from seven hauliers to 29.

The new haulier contracts came into place on 1 April, and the increase in providers means that carcases can be collected more quickly from farms for delivery to APHA postmortem examination (PME) laboratories.

APHA undertakes PMEs and sample testing at its six Veterinary Investigation Centres (VICs), or through its partner PME providers, with the aim of detecting new or re-emerging animal disease threats and identifying changes in endemic disease trends.

The APHA-funded carcase collection service is available in England and Wales to farms more than one hour’s drive from either an APHA VIC or one of its PME providers, and is provided when disease is suspected and PME of the …

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