Tips on Biosecurity

Dr. Jake Waddilove

Hosts Miquel Colell (Global Technical Director ReproPig & SowCare – MSD Animal Health) and Jessica Seate discuss ‘Good Management, Good Pigs… and the importance of Health’ with Jake Waddilove, a principal partner in Eastgate Veterinary Group and experienced pig-specialist veterinarian.

Mr Waddilove explains how the UK’s small wild boar population and physical isolation have protected it against ASF so far.

But, as 40% of all pigs raised outdoors with a further 10% of the finishers from these pigs, raised outdoors, which represents a number of risks and presents some novel biosecurity issues.

Barriers may be insecure and quarantine difficult to implement in this large, porous environment but Jake urges producers to pay attention to biosecurity controls.

We ask if discipline at entry points; careful disinfection; stricter biosecurity and separation around incoming feed, bedding and water could help control endemic diseases and lower infection risk?

Jessica ponders the ideal biosecure set up, while Jake makes the case for better management in the real world of public footpaths, hedges, truckers lay-bys, farming density and carelessly discarded sandwiches!

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Dr. Jake Waddilove

Dr. Jake Waddilove

He is a senior partner of Eastgate Veterinary Group, a company with 11 veterinarians. He is a field veterinarian and works almost exclusively with pigs as a consultant to a large number of extensive and intensive farms in the public and private sector. He also works as a consultant for a multinational genetic, pharmaceutical and biosecurity company. He was a member of the organizing committee of IPVS 1998, is a board member of the Pig Veterinary Society and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences. His work has taken him to 21 countries, including the UK, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.