It will be ignorant members of public that bring it over here, I’m also a pig farmer and the threat of ASF terrifies me, but I don’t believe having the boar roaming the FoD will be the problem, at worst they could help spread it IF it gets here.the thing is, if you want to do something about ASF then do what you can to keep it outside of the UK.
Either avoid hunting in infected areas, or pay extra special attention to cleaning, clothes, boots, gear on the way back. Dont import trophies that might be carriers of the disease and if you do make sure its absolutely sterile.. things like that..
decimating wild boar populations in a country that is no where near the infected area (southern belgium, eastern europe) and saying its to stop ASF is stupid. ASF will not spontaneously come into existence on its own. its fear mongering plain and simple.
and in regards to boar being good for forests and a beautiful part of the countryside.. well, they are... and delicious as a bonus..
The pig farmers should have been asked to explain why selective breeding has left their pigs with a significantly compromised immune system.Although not a Boar hunter, I was interested in the piece on the risk to the UK pig industry …. the pig producers came across well and emphasised the risk of rapid spread of Swine fever in the Feral population and the importance of keeping the wild/feral population under control. I'm afraid I had to turn over when they wheeled out the "let's save the the willd piggies person" who started spouting off about how cuddly and wonderful they are and all part of the beautiful countryside! Obviously didn't rely on rearing animals for a living and didn't quite understand the risks to our farming industry as a whole. The thought of a repeat of a Foot and Mouth outbreak or an as yet unseen Swine Flu epidemic doesn't bear thinking about.
I suppose the wild boar also have been bred with a compromised immune system ?
To answer your question though, yes pigs have been selectively bred (much like every other type of food produced inc carrots and tomatoes to name a couple), and yes it possibly has affected the immune system, and the reason they have been selectively bred is it is what the consumer wants, it hasn’t been done for fun or to put pigs at risk, people didnt want traditional fatty pigs, hence a lot went on the rare breeds list, however as far as I am aware, they have never been immune to ASF, wild boar are not immune, Iron Age pigs are not immune, no swine are or have ever been immune to it,
I don’t disagree that the modern bred lines (large whites) can have a lower immunity than traditional breed, partially due to breeding, partially due to the very fast turnaround, these pigs are going slaughter at 4 months of age, I also believe they are weaned too early, but, the public want cheap, lean meat, it’s the price you pay, flavourless pork reared intensively.I disagree. Certain lines of pigs have poor immunity when compared to others. This is appears more in the intensively farmed bloodlines than the older breeds. It is the same in chickens. The intensively farmed egg producers are more susceptible to avian leukosis than the more hardy older breeds. Ask your vet.