Pig Health Scheme back at full capacity
10th Aug 2022 / By Rebecca Veale
Following a pause in assessments and a subsequent staged return, AHDB has confirmed the Pig Health Scheme is now operating at full capacity across the 11 largest pig abattoirs in England.
The Pig Health Scheme uses specially trained vets to assess carcases and their plucks for 12 different health conditions. This provides post-mortem data on pigs and a valuable assessment of the current health status of a herd, which can help you and your vet to make informed decisions about disease control and monitor the impact of any changes.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Pig Health Scheme was put on hold to avoid non-essential staff being present in abattoirs. The impact of the pandemic, coupled with Brexit, saw many assessors move jobs or countries, and since then, AHDB has recruited and trained the assessors needed to get the scheme back up and running.
Are you registered?
If you are not already signed up to the Pig Health Scheme, you can sign up via Pig Hub. The scheme is free of charge and is likely to be operating at an abattoir you already use.
Reports are available to you and your vet 48 working hours after each assessment (via Pig Hub). An additional report is also produced at the end of every quarter, which shows trends and progress in your pigs over the three-month period.