From 2 March it will be a legal requirement for pig keepers to report any suspected cases of PED to the Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre (01466 705247), who will provide advice to affected keepers. There will be no mandatory restrictions or culling if PED is suspected or confirmed. A highly pathogenic PED strain has caused significant problems in China, North America and more recently has been seen in the Ukraine, so vigilance and early reporting is essential.
For more information visit the Scottish Government website
Protecting Negative Herds, and how to achieve a negative status for Not Negative Herds.
A 2 page A5 leaflet sent out by ScotEID in August 2015. This leaflet is available and free to use in its entirety. It may be suitable for use to markets and vets for their catalogues and newsletters.
The latest news on the BVD Eradication Scheme from Scottish Government in presentation format.
BVD Eradication Scheme Update August 2015
The possible implementation of voluntary bovine EID as part of European legislation offers significant opportunities to the industry. However, the existing GB cattle numbering system is incompatible with the EID standard (ISO 11784) to be required by Europe. Therefore, there is a significant challenge in finding a cost-effective solution which will not discourage voluntary uptake of bovine EID. This paper details the problems, possible solutions and trade-offs.
Bovine EID numbering
PED is a virus that causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration in pigs. A new highly pathogenic strain of the virus has spread quickly across North America and was confirmed in the Ukraine near the Polish border in December 2014. If keepers see an episode of unusual or rapidly spreading diarrhoea in pigs of any age they should contact their private vet immediately. To encourage prompt reporting test sampling kits Have been distributed, free of charge to all active pig keepers in Scotland.
If you have any further enquiries please contact Jill Thomson SAC Consulting on 0131 535 3130.
The Phase 4 report describing the work done by ScotEID to record and report on 14.7m sheep moves, 3.7m pig moves and the BVD status of all of Scotland’s cattle holdings with 37k tests, is now available.
ScotEID phase 4 report
ScotEID report on UHF/LF transponder performance in hybrid EID tags.
Coexistence of LF and UHF in dual tags