Production is about 500,000 market hogs per year
Andy McGowan, chief executive of the Scottish Pig Producers, said the nation’s pigs are healthier than they have ever been; more than 70 per cent of herds have no health issue.
He said it’s because of an increasingly co-ordinated effort to control disease and to spread best practices.
Among the challenges have been enzootic pneumonia, all of which have declined significantly, he said.
PRRS remains a challenge, but outbreaks have declined by 30 per cent in a decade. He said greater collaboration and sharing of data are needed to stamp it out in its remaining strongholds, such as the area around Aberdeen.
By targeting those producers who were performing the least well in terms of issues such as swine dysentery and pleurisy and by ensuring that the worst performing farms adopted best practices the whole sector was showing definite signs of improvement, he said.
Production is about 500,000 market hogs per year.