Due to the continuing serious situation regarding the African Swine Fever (ASF), the organisers of the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock show have had discussions with the Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Marine and the Irish Pig Society and It has been decided not to hold any pig classes or have live pigs present this year, on Sunday (August 11th) next.
The situation with African Swine Fever has worsened in recent months with the spread to previously unaffected countries in both Europe - Belgium in September 2018 - and several countries in Southeast Asia.
This disease is extremely virulent (similar to Foot & Mouth) and difficult to control as there is no available vaccine.
An outbreak in Ireland would threaten our €666 million pig meat exports, however Ireland is currently free of this disease.
We are in a period of heightened awareness of risk and there is much concern amongst pig industry stakeholders in relation to African Swine Fever.
A spokesperson said, “With the constant threat of ASF reaching Ireland, we felt that the risk was too great to include live pig classes and pig elements in the show.”
“Even with close monitoring of regulation practices, which would be very extensive, it could still prove inadequate to controlling the threat,” they added.
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