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AHDB Pork has launched a “hazard perception” video app to help pig producers better identify weaknesses in biosecurity.

Think BioRisk, launched by AHDB Pork at this week’s British Pig & Poultry Fair, is made up of a series of interactive video scenarios demonstrating both best practice and common mistakes made in pig production.

“Whenever users see an example of a health risk or bad biosecurity, they have to click the mouse.

It’s a bit like the hazard perception part of a driving test. And, on completion, full feedback is provided on both good and bad practice portrayed in the videos,” says Martin Smith, AHDB Pork veterinary manager.

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Scenarios involve visitors, vehicles, the movement of people and livestock, pest control, medicine management, and deadstock collection.

AHDB Pork says the interactive app, which can be downloaded from the AHDB Pork website, Google Play, and the Apple Store, will highlight the risk of overlooking factors that could affect pig health through biosecurity breaches.

“By helping people understand the weak spots, we hope that we can promote better long-term protection of our pig health and the industry,” says Mr Smith.

“Everyone wants healthy high-performing livestock. Regardless of your farm set-up, there will be small changes that can be made to significantly reduce the risk of introducing or spreading pig diseases,” he adds.