New biosecurity measures are being put in place on British pig units in three pilot projects that have just been given the go ahead in Britain’s new national Pig Health Improvement Project.

The three on-farm pig pilot groups — two in Yorkshire and one in East Anglia — will help establish the effectiveness of certain measures in improving pig health status in a sustainable way. One group is upgrading its loading ramps to improve biosecurity, while in the second group one of the pig farms is doing a full depopulation. The third group, comprising more than 30 units, is carrying out a targeted PRRS vaccination.

“The aim is to show that, where local pig producers work together, health status improves more rapidly and should make for a lasting solution to persistent challenges,” said Dr. Charlotte Evans of the British Pig Executive, which organized funding for the project.