Health & Welfare
JSR breeding stock is recognised as having both high genetic merit and consistent high health standards.
Genetic merit can only by maximised with stable good health programmes and this applies equally to our units supplying breeding stock as well as our commercial producers.
JSR Genetics knows that the health status of the animals is paramount. Our senior consultant veterinary surgeon, Adrian Cox BVetMed MCRVS, of the Garth Pig Practice supervises the Health Monitoring Scheme, aided by the professional support of over 30 veterinarians.
Many of the veterinarians engaged with the JSR Health Monitoring Scheme are members of the Pig Veterinary Society. JSR have supported the PVS for several years and fully concur with the aims and roles of the Society in maintaining high standards of pig husbandry and welfare training.
To satisfy both UK and overseas customers' health requirements each sale is reinforced by this regular monitoring and supported by the offer of veterinary liaison between the company's veterinary consultant and the customer's private veterinary surgeon (vet to vet).
Biosecurity is an essential aspect of maintaining a stable health status and is an integral part of the JSR Health Monitoring Scheme. In addition to being assessed at each veterinary visit, each unit is a member of the JSR Genetics pyramid of DEFRA Approved Sources, and is assessed regularly by DEFRA veterinary officers for confirmation of ongoing high standards of biosecurity.
The company health programme has been constructed with the objective of ensuring consistent and high standards of health throughout our nucleus, multiplication and grow-out units to provide assurance of that health status to our customers through rigorous and regular monitoring of every farm.
Key points of the health programme
- Routine health monitoring is targeted on diseases that can cause serious economic loss
- Quarterly clinical inspections and health appraisals are compulsory
- All breeding stock and AI are produced on monitored farms
- Open communication - health records are always open to inspection on request
- Veterinary advisory and liaison service is available
All herds are continuously monitored to establish their health status. This includes over 25 common key pig diseases, along with checks for novel, exotic and notifiable diseases.