Last chance for small-scale producers to take part in ASF survey
31st Aug 2020 / By Alistair Driver
Small-scale pig keepers have one day left to take part in a survey to gauge knowledge about the threat of African Swine Fever.
The survey, launched by the UK government and devolved administrations as part of the campaign to combat the introduction and spread of the disease, aims to find out more about what smallholders, pet pig keepers and hobby keepers already know about the disease.
It will also ask about their feeding and biosecurity practices and what sources they refer to for guidance on keeping pigs.
The survey can be found here and closes on August 31.
The results will be used to improve information available to pig keepers to help protect the health of their pigs and the UK pig industry.
UK chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss has called on anyone and everyone who keeps pig to take actions to contribute to keeping the disease out of the UK.
She said: “African swine fever has no cure and there are currently no effective vaccines. If it were to reach the UK, it would have a devastating impact on commercial pig keepers, small-scale pig keepers and pet pig keepers alike.
“If you are a small-scale pig keeper or keep pigs as pets, please complete the survey to help governments across the UK understand more about your knowledge of the disease and your pig keeping practices. This will help us to provide you with the information you need to protect the health of your pigs and all UK pigs.”