About 70 per cent of Canadian pork is exported, so a border closure due to African swine fever would be a crisis.

Hog producers look for swine fever investment

Arrival of African swine fever would be devastating to the Canadian sector

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The […] Read more

China was forced to cull 60 per cent of its hog herd starting in 2018 because of an African swine fever outbreak.

China’s hog herd recovery forecast questioned

Inventory levels aren’t expected to reach pre-ASF levels this year, and sow herd quality is likely to be lower than before

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Claims from China that hog production in that country will recover by next year to pre-2018 levels do not pass the smell test, says economic analyst Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends. African swine fever forced the culling of an estimated 60 per cent of the Chinese herd after an outbreak began there […] Read more

Swine fever found in Germany putting pork exports at risk

Country had been fencing off borders against wild boar

Reading Time: 2 minutes Berlin/Hamburg | Reuters — Germany confirmed on Thursday that African swine fever (ASF) had been found in a dead wild boar near its border with Poland, threatening pork exports to China from Europe’s biggest pork producer, which were worth US$1.2 billion last year. Authorities in the German state of Brandenburg quarantined a 15-km area around […] Read more

Workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China.

China announces step forward on African swine fever vaccine

The pork sector has welcomed news that a viable ASF vaccine might be in the works out of China, but it’s early days yet

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The world may be one step closer to a workable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), but one expert warns that a local debut is a long way off — if the vaccine makes it to Canada at all. According to a research article, recently published in a Chinese science journal, researchers […] Read more

U.S. says it would ban pig shipments if swine fever detected

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads […] Read more

African swine fever spreads near German border

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — Poland recorded 55 outbreaks of African swine fever in wild boar near the German border last month, the world animal health body said on Thursday, in a sign the deadly virus is spreading near one of the European Union’s biggest pork exporters. A report posted on the World Organization for Animal […] Read more

China reshapes global meat markets as swine fever rages

Reading Time: 4 minutes London | Beijing | Reuters – China is scouring the world for meat to replace the millions of pigs killed by African swine fever (ASF), boosting prices, business and profits for European and South American meatpackers as it re-shapes global markets for pork, beef and chicken. The European Union, the world’s second largest pork producer […] Read more

U.S. pork exports have jumped as hog processors vie for business in China where African swine fever has devastated hog herds. Though not harmful to humans, the disease is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine available

African swine fever outbreak cuts Vietnam hog herd by 20 per cent

Larger operators indicate the disease’s spread has slowed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – African swine fever has killed off about 20 per cent of Vietnam’s hog herd, and it is not clear whether the outbreak has been contained, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ted McKinney said October 18. There were some reports that the number might be higher, said McKinney, who spoke to reporters […] Read more

African swine fever has proved to cause high mortality in herds as it moves around the world.

Vietnam study tour aims to strengthen swine fever strategy

American group to try to pin down prevention options

Reading Time: 3 minutes An American hog health expert hopes to learn about common vectors for African swine fever transmission on a trip to Vietnam. Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the United States-based Swine Health Information Center told the Shakespeare Swine Seminar that he also hoped to clarify cleaning and dis- infection protocols before repopulating an affected production […] Read more