Tips on Biosecurity

Dr. Satoshi Otake

In this episode of PigCast, hosts Miquel Collell (Global Technical Director ReproPig & SowCare – MSD Animal Health) and Jessica Seate investigate Japan’s excellent reputation for biosecurity with Dr Satoshi Otake.

Border controls and successful vaccination programmes have been highly effective in eradicating swine disease in Japan. The country learnt important lessons from PRRS and applied them to eradicating Aujeszky’s Disease as well.

Despite this success with domestic swine, Japan still has to deal with a wide-spread, invasive wild boar population and faces constant risk from imported diseases.

Fear of Foot and Mouth Disease means Japan does not import livestock from SE Asia, explains Dr Otake. However, despite strong protests from the industry, it does import some meat products, and biosecurity deficiencies at its commercial ports remain.

Dr Otake believes that it may be possible to copy the successful European ‘Be Secure’ programme but asks: who will pay? In Japan as everywhere else, he says effective programmes need to show clear benefits and give investors an obvious ROI…

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Dr. Satoshi Otake

Dr. Satoshi Otake

Degree in veterinary medicine from Azabu University, Japan. Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently working at the Swine Disease Eradication Center, University of Minnesota, as a visiting scientist. Expert in prevention, control, and eradication of PRRSV (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus) and in biosecurity on global swine biological business industry and swine production. President of Swine Extension & Consulting in Japan.