6 September 1996

Research threat

LACK of funds for pig research is posing a serious threat to the health and welfare of the national herd, warns new Pig Veterinary Society president John Wilkinson. He says that in relation to the size of the UK industry, veterinary research is probably now the poorest in Europe.

He calls for more research into respiratory diseases and reproductive disorders which are responsible for a large part of the £135m/year that depressed performance costs the pig industry.n