African swine fever - what you need to know!
29th Apr 2020 / By Alistair Driver
NPA chief executive Zoe Davies has compiled a comprehensive and easy-to-follow document for members outlining what would happen if African swine fever (ASF) hits the UK.
The 26-page document summarises the key facts about ASF, including how it is spread and the symptoms. It then goes on to set out in detail the policies that would be put in place on infected farms, others close in the proximity and direct contacts, if the virus is confirmed, as well as the implications for the wider industry, including for trade.
The document is full of useful advice for members, not only about what would happen if the virus strikes, but steps producers could be taking now to prepare.
This is a must read document for all members!
- The document can be viewed in the Members Area (first post below COVID-19 section) –CLICK HERE
- It will also be permanently available in the Members' Publications section (link at the top of the Members’ Area).
Zoe said: “Just because our focus is now understandably on COVID-19, it does not mean the threat of ASF has gone away.
“Even a small ASF incursion in the UK would have a massive impact on farms affected and the wider industry, with restrictions in place for a long time.
“We have worked hard with Defra on their revised ASF-CSF control plan to ensure it is effective and proportionate.
“It is important that members make themselves aware of what an outbreak would entail and that they start thinking now about how they would cope and what they can do to prepare.”