GB has been recognised as free of Aujeszky’s Disease since 1991. Defra carries out a surveillance programme to ensure that GB maintains its status as an Aujeszky’s Disease free zone. In particular, this involves collecting samples from cull-boar submitted to abattoirs for slaughter and testing these for the presence of Aujeszky’s Disease.
The current state aid scheme (N699/1992) administered by Defra closes on 31st December 2014. New agriculture state aid regulations were agreed by the Commission at the end of July 2014 (EC 704/2014). Paragraph 735(b) of the guidelines accompanying these regulations confirms that existing schemes need to close and, if continued, be registered in line with the new regulations.
Monday December 15, 2014/ DEFRA/ United Kingdom.