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Hong Kong mulls Southeast Asia pig imports

Pork prices in the city are jumping due to the African swine fever outbreak in China

Reuters – Hong Kong is looking into importing live pigs from countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, to supplement a dwindling supply from mainland China that has caused pork prices to surge, Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan said Nov. 20. The city had been importing 4,000 pigs a day from mainland China for slaughter […] Read more


Manitoba pork producers discuss PED, African swine fever plans

2019 was a ‘disappointing year’ for PED outbreaks after gains made in 2018

Disease management remains a baffling issue for pork producers and top of mind for the Manitoba Pork Council. “It’s been a disappointing year,” said MPC board chair George Matheson, citing 79 confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) this year. “What we’re doing just doesn’t seem to be working.” Disease prevention was front and centre […] Read more



China acknowledges domestic pork shortage

Rising prices are now a top political concern for Beijing

News reports from Asia indicate the Chinese government is finally having to own up about that country’s pork shortages due to African swine fever (ASF) and trade disputes. The South China Morning Post has reported that Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua has been assigned to oversee the issue of rising pork prices that could mar October’s […] Read more


Precautions urged as PED outbreak enters fall manure-spreading season

Producers are getting ready to begin fall spreading, but some manure lagoons will need extra precautions as the province’s PED numbers climb

Manitoba’s latest battle with PED has put a new focus on biosecurity as fall manure spreading gets underway. The province suffered another spate of PED confirmations this month. The Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) had confirmed 78 cases as of Sept. 20, with the last confirmed Sept. 13. Eight of those cases have been added since […] Read more



EU fights ‘urgent challenge’ of African swine fever spread

Of the 10 nations affected, Bulgaria and Romania are hardest hit

Reuters – The European Union faces an urgent challenge in tackling an outbreak of African swine fever which threatens Bulgaria’s pig-breeding industry, a commission spokeswoman said August 8. Ten EU nations are currently affected by African swine fever, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and its neighbour Romania. Slovakia was affected by the disease in […] Read more


No rolling the dice on PED says Manitoba Pork Council

PEDv has broken into both central and northeastern Manitoba, and barns in newly impacted areas might not be ready for the threat

Barns dodging PED might owe that to luck rather than robust bio­security. Andrew Dickson, the Manitoba Pork Council’s general manager, warns that some barns outside southeast Manitoba will need to heighten their guard if they hope to repel a serious risk of the disease. “We’ve got odd stories of people saying, ‘Well I’ve never got […] Read more



China’s pig farms clean up to beat swine fever

Industry sees improved biosecurity in farms, transport as sales of disinfectants, truck washes soar

Reuters – A devastating outbreak of African swine fever that has killed millions of pigs in China is changing attitudes in a country where farm hygiene has often been seen as lax by international standards. From farms to feed mills to transport, people involved in the pork industry say biosecurity has been tightened, with sales […] Read more


PigTRACE price to go up

Tag prices will go up 20 cents for small tags and 35 cents for large tags as of Aug. 1

Hog producers will have to pay more for traceability in the near future. Canada’s PigTRACE program will be raising ear tag prices as of Aug. 1. [Click here for the price list as of Aug. 1]  Prices will go up 20 cents for every small ear tag and 35 cents for every large ear tag, […] Read more



Another 2017 for PEDv?

Manitoba’s CVO says the carry-over of 2017 is lasting longer than expected

It’s shaping up to be another bad year for PEDv in the province’s pork sector. In fact the province says it could easily be on par with 2017, the province’s worst year. On June 18, Dr. Glen Duizer of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) said 2019 cases were comparable to the same point in time […] Read more


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Manitoba Pork pushing online disease response program as PEDv cases climb

Participation in the Manitoba Co-ordinated Disease Response program has grown to 79 per cent in the southeast

The Manitoba Pork Council is hoping to get the final few southeastern hog producers signed on to the first line of defence against PEDv. About 79 per cent of those producers have signed on with the council’s Manitoba Co-ordinated Disease Response program (MCDR). The online information-sharing platform includes information on biosecurity, manure spreading and outbreak […] Read more