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Update from Great Yorkshire Show

10th Jul 2019 / By Alistair Driver

Initial results for the pig that caused all the pig classes at the Great Yorkshire Show to be cancelled have come back negative.

However, further interpretation and testing has been suggested as standard to ensure due diligence and confirm the disease status.

Announcing the decision to cancel the pig classes at the weekend, the show organisers said it had been taken as a matter of precaution due to one unconfirmed report of a pig showing signs of illness at a recent show.

On Thursday morning, the British Pig Association (BPA) said the test results from the disease investigation had come back negative. While this was too late to save the pig classes, it was still the right decision, the association commented on Twitter. 

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: "It was the right decision to cancel the pig classes, given the potential disease risk. The industry will be working together to ensure that this important and vibrant community can continue showing whilst minimising the risk of disease incursion and spread in future.”