The World Pork Expo attracts visitors from around the world.

Disease threat cancels World Pork Expo

Ontario Pork Congress officials still considering the status of the local trade show

The Ontario Pork Congress does not yet have any comment about its show, after the World Pork Expo (WPE) was cancelled due to concerns about the threat of African Swine Fever. OPC said it will comment April 18. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) board or directors cited “an abundance of caution” about ASF’s transmission […] Read more

Canada has a significant reputation for biosecurity, but the arrival of ASF would be devastating.

Canada’s pork industry is on high alert

African swine fever is spreading rapidly in other parts of the world and could cause catastrophic losses if it reached Canada. Here’s how the industry is trying to keep it out

Pork industry officials have welcomed bumped up biosecurity — including more detector dogs — at airports as one of several strategies to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of Canada. As an export dependent country, Canada is particularly at risk from the deadly virus. If it surfaced here, customers would quickly close their borders to […] Read more

A recent survey found that farmers feel increasingly vilified by uninformed public opinion about livestock production and by campaigns organized by animal activist groups.

Animal neglect linked to mental health

Those concerned with the well-being of animals should be concerned about the mental health of those caring for them

Stories about livestock that are found to be confined, neglected, emaciated or dead on a farmer’s property tend to generate big headlines. “I don’t understand how anyone could do that,” is the resulting refrain. Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton has heard that common response. “Frankly, if you can’t understand that, it’s probably a good thing. It means […] Read more

Rabies vaccinations and livestock fairs to be simplified

The provincial government has proposed simplifying the rule that resulted in many 4-H animals having to be vaccinated for rabies before they were taken to local fairs. The regulations implemented by the previous Liberal government required that animals that came in contact with the public had to be vaccinated. The regulation said that as long […] Read more

Workers in protective suits are seen near a truck at a plant of pork processor Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development, following a discovery of pigs infected by the African swine fever in Zhengzhou, Henan Aug. 17, 2018.

Kitchen scraps eliminated for pigs in China

China's ag ministry blames feeding food waste to pigs for African swine fever spread

Reuters – China’s Agriculture Ministry says it will ban the feeding of kitchen waste to pigs after linking the practice to the majority of the early cases of African swine fever. The statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs is the government’s first comment on how the deadly disease has spread in the […] Read more


U.S. pork producers, such as this barn in Iowa, are taking the threat of African swine fever seriously.

A look at U.S. steps to prevent African swine fever

The U.S. industry is being proactive, learning lessons from previous imported animal diseases

Reuters – U.S. hog farmers are ramping up safety procedures and leaving animal-feed ingredients imported from China in storage in an attempt to keep out a highly contagious swine disease that is moving through Asia and Europe. U.S. government officials said in interviews they are also increasing their ability to test for the disease, African […] Read more

Diseases that evolve quickly can be frustrating for farmers trying to keep ahead of them.

Managing rapidly evolving swine diseases

A porcine respiratory disease is of particular concern because it can rapidly evolve

There are signs that a number of potentially damaging disorders of pigs are either developing immunity to common drug treatments or becoming much more common as a result of well-established protocols, attendees at the recent Shakespeare Swine Seminar were warned by a Minnesota veterinary practitioner. Why it matters: When treatment for swine diseases are no […] Read more

With some practice, the lung infection detection technique is said to take about two minutes per calf.

Ultrasound can detect lung problems in dairy calves earlier

Dairy calves that experience respiratory ailments produce less milk later on

Thanks to the use of new ultrasound technology, there’s now solid evidence out of the University of Guelph indicating the level of non-clinical lung infections among dairy calves is on par with what has already been seen in the beef sector. Why it matters: A member of the team involved in the dairy calf study, […] Read more