By Peter Crichton
MAFF announced on Friday (15 December) the lifting of the Woodbridge coastal classical swine-fever (CSF) surveillance zone.
This zone was imposed when CSF first struck the UK on 08 August.
That leaves just one remaining 10km zone, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
MAFF estimates that this could be lifted no later than the first week in January, provided there are no further outbreaks, nor any delays in cleaning-down procedures on infected premises.
Besides CSF and, in the east, PDNS/PWMS, further reductions in the size of the UK herd lead trade sources to expect UK finished pig numbers to continue to decline.
- Peter Crichton is a Suffolk-based pig farmer offering independent valuation and consultancy services to the UK pig industry