You may be aware that this week’s annual Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate – along with a number of smaller shows – has cancelled all their pig classes due to an as yet unconfirmed case of swine dysentery at another show.

    The British Pig Association (BPA) is fully supportive of the decision which was taken by the Yorkshire Agriculture Society in conjunction with their vets.

    An investigation into the unconfirmed case is ongoing but the risk of bringing so many pigs together prior to the conclusion of that investigation was deemed to be too great. In Ireland meanwhile, all pig shows have also been cancelled due to what is perceived to be a risk from African Swine Fever.

    The British Kunekune Pig Society (BKKPS) will update members when we have further information to share with you but in the meantime we would ask all members to be especially mindful of our normal bio security measures such as provision of foot dips and caution over unnecessary pig movements. We would stress that the case is still unconfirmed but we believe taking all possible bio security measures at this time is in the best interests of members’ pigs and also for those of  other breeders.

    Anyone with any queries on bio security can contact the Society and we will respond as a matter of urgency.

  • African swine fever

    African swine fever (ASF), a virus that affects pigs and wild boar, has been identified in Belgium.
    Read further guidance on the AHDB website.