UK: Classical Swine Fever: Nick Brown Meets Pig Industry Leaders
Nick Brown Agriculture Minister met leaders of the pig industry in London on Wednesday to discuss the progress made in dealing with the outbreak of classical swine fever which began in East Anglia just over two weeks ago. Four key issues were discussed: - - the progress made in containing and eradicating this highly contagious pig disease; - the very positive decisions taken by the EU Standing Veterinary Committee yesterday, including the scaling-back of the embargo on the export of live pigs, and the immediate lifting of restrictions from some 40 per cent of the farms in the original disease surveillance zones; - the animal welfare issues which have resulted from the need to restrict the movement of pigs to markets from those farms still under surveillance; - and the assessment of possible financial support to those farmers affected by the disease prevention measures and consequent welfare problems.
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