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Calculator Counts the Cost of Pig Disease

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Farmers in the UK can calculate how much an endemic disease in pigs has cost them thanks to the work of BBSRC-funded researchers.

Scientists at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) studying post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) devised the PMWS calculator to allow farmers to see just how much the disease, present in 99% of pig farms, has cost them.

Earlier this year research from the team showed the cost of PMWS to the British pig industry was running to millions of pounds every year (see press release in related links).

Professor Dirk Werling, from RVC, who led the project, explains: "It's great to see our research moving beyond the lab to develop a tool of real benefit to farmers whose herds are affected by PMWS.

"Knowing the financial costs of this disease can help farmers decide how best to improve the welfare and profitability of their herds."

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