Spate of swine dysentery cases highlights importance of hygiene

Following several new cases of swine dysentery in recent weeks, producers are being encouraged to clamp down on biosecurity to minimise risk.

Swine dysentery is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhoea, dehydration, weight loss and piglet mortality. The infection can also be damaging to herd performance and profitability in the longer term.

AHDB Pork have confirmed there have been cases confirmed in the north and east of the country and is urging farmers to pay close attention to hygiene to protect herds.

Members of the AHDB’s Significant Diseases Charter have already been notified of the outbreaks. Famers can sign up for the free Disease Charter online.

Swine dysentery control

Animal health service Nadis says the primary aim for all herds is to prevent introduction into the pig unit, which can be achieved by:

  • Attention to sourcing of stock
  • Care of moving pigs on and off the premises and quarantine on return
  • Attention to biosecurity, particularly with relevance to anything that can carry faeces, including lorries (knackermen, stock hauliers and feed wagons)
  • Control of vermin and birds that can spread disease from farm to farm
  • Control of visitors

Source: Nadis