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Fresh meat for sale at a grocery market in the city of Zunyi, in China’s Guizhou province. The country's pig farming industry is undergoing a second crisis in a decade, this time caused by African swine fever.

Big pig: large farms in China link up with small ones

Reuters – China’s large pig farms are lining up with small, family-based farms in a state-initiated investment of nearly 50 billion yuan (US$7.14 billion) to boost hog production, hit hard by a deadly swine disease, the Agriculture Ministry said. Fifteen leading pig farms in Beijing signed 19 agreements Jan. 1 with local governments in 16

Representatives from Deerboine Colony display their trophy after taking first place in this year’s pork quality competition.

Pork quality on the rise in Manitoba

Judges were glad to note improvement in key quality areas during the pork quality competition at the Brandon Hog and Livestock Show

The pork at Hog Days 2019 earned a “much improved” status, and judge Bob McKay couldn’t be happier. McKay praised entrants to this year’s pork quality competition, having noted low scores in several categories during the previous show two years ago. “I’m happy to see the improvement, because if we had gone the reverse and

VIDO-InterVac joins swine fever fight

The University of Saskatchewan’s vaccine research and development arm is set to become Canada’s first non-government agency to work with the African swine fever virus. Saskatoon-based Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) will start work with the virus this month at its Containment Level 3-Agriculture (CL3-Ag) facility, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said

African swine fever spreads near German border

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





Maple Leaf lands ‘sustainability-linked’ credit

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods is taking its recently-established sustainability cred to the bank. The Toronto food firm announced Wednesday it’s the first Canadian company to secure “sustainability-linked terms” for its credit facilities. Specifically, the company has picked up an unsecured committed revolving line of credit and two unsecured committed term facilities for a


Timely records of pig movements are becoming even more important as livestock diseases sweep the globe.

PigTRACE hog traceability program to get an overhaul

Five years after participation became mandatory, not all producers are reporting movements, Manitoba Pork says

The accuracy of PigTRACE, Canada’s industry-led, live animal traceability initiative, is being re-evaluated as the threat of African swine fever looms. “Is it good enough to have 80 per cent of the reports in at seven days or should we have that done sooner?” Manitoba Pork general manager Andrew Dickson asked producers at a meeting in Portage on October 30.

Strong foreign demand boosts North American hog markets

MarketsFarm — While the volume of hogs at North American slaughter markets have kept packing plants near capacity in recent weeks, strong foreign export demand has kept pork values high. “We expect pork values to move higher, due to the shortness of production in China,” said Brad Marceniuk, a Saskatchewan provincial livestock economist in Saskatoon.