Sweden’s government has earmarked 90 million kroner per year to be made available from its rural development fund over the next five years as aid to Swedish pig herds that agree to participate in an animal health initiative, according to Lantbruk & Skogsland.

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Producers can begin applying for the money in the early months of 2012 and the first payments should reach them around September or October. The grant aid is calculated on the basis of 1150 kroner per sow per year for herds that meet five key requirements: Their operators must agree to take part in a voluntary program against Salmonella, to put newly arrived pigs into quarantine before mixing them with resident animals, to undertake close monitoring of sow feeding routines, to document their production procedures as a reference in case of health breakdowns and to vaccinate against specified disease threats.