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It’s all go in the health and welfare team by Luchia Gregson

Luchia GregsonBack in January, I joined AHDB Pork’s Health and Welfare team. At first, I was worried about going from a laboratory supervisor role at a pig genetics company to being an intern in pig health and welfare, but I’m glad I made the move. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly and I’ve already learnt so much in the past four months, through being involved with numerous projects.

With pressure on the pig industry to reduce its antibiotic usage to 99mg/PCU by 2020, the main project I’ve been involved with has been the electronic Medicines Book (eMB). I’ve produced communications for pig producers, including updates for the website and have also been conducting data validation. Another project that I’ve been working on is our new Abattoir and Meat Processor Newsletter, which covers news from across the beef, lamb and pork sectors. If you’d like to subscribe to this e-newsletter, let us know. The other key activity I have been working on is updating factsheets and the website with the latest information around disease and biosecurity.

It hasn’t just been office work though, I have also had the opportunity to help weigh pigs out on farm, and also collect samples from the abattoir as part of a huge project on traceability, a concept that holds exciting prospects for the industry. The project is being unveiled at the Pig and Poultry Fair on 15-16 May, so make sure you don’t miss the AHDB forum session  to hear all about it!

The work doesn’t slow though, there’s still a lot to look forward to. I’m currently in Barcelona attending the European Symposium on Pig Health Management, which is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a variety of diseases and their practical and financial implications, as well as their relation to public health. With African Swine Fever (ASF) an increasing threat to the UK, it will be particularly interesting to hear how the rest of Europe is preparing/dealing with ASF and what more, together as an industry, we can do prevent it coming into the UK. And, by no means least, it’s also the Pig and Poultry Fair next week, so be sure to come and visit the AHDB stand to find out how we can work with you.


By AHDB Pork at 11 May 2018, 09:08 AM

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