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Some areas of Western Canada might already be past the point where “pig free” is even possible, says a University of Saskatchewan researcher.

Losing the war with wild boar

Forget eradication. For some parts of Manitoba it’s now a containment game

It’s time to up our efforts in the battle against wild pigs, according to a leading voice in the field. Ryan Brook of the University of Saskatchewan has spent years studying the rise of the invasive species in Western Canada, and has also spent years raising the alarm. He has watched as sounders — the

Pigs are seen at a backyard farm on the outskirts of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, 
China, Sept. 5, 2018.

China to crack down harder on fake African swine fever vaccines

Industry insiders believe use of illicit vaccines has caused a new, chronic form of the disease

Reuters – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs says it will crack down further on illegal production and sales of African swine fever vaccines in a sign of the extent of a problem that is damaging the world’s largest pig industry. The ministry, which has been warning against such behaviour since 2019, said tougher measures were needed


German pig prices up again

German pig prices up again

German pig prices have risen again as sales inside the EU help markets recover from Asian import bans on German pork, traders and industry sources said on Wednesday. German pig prices on March 3 rose to 1.40 euros a kg slaughter weight from 1.30 euros the previous week, said the association of German animal farmers

South Africa African swine fever outbreak expands

South Africa’s Western Cape region has reported its first cases of African swine fever at two small farms, after outbreaks in other parts of the country, the provincial head of agriculture said. Recent outbreaks have also been reported in the Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces, agricultural authorities said. “A survey to determine the

China’s first hog-breeding ETF listing capitalizes on pork industry boom

As the sector scales up and industrializes there are opportunities — and risks

Reuters – China’s first hog-breeding exchange traded fund (ETF) made its debut on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on March 5, the first of three tied to the country’s booming pork sector that is rebuilding after African swine fever decimated herds in 2018. Penghua Fund Management Co.’s CSI Livestock Breeding ETF, as well as similar funds to be


Workers at Seaboard Foods’ pork-processing plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, seen here in a May 2020 file photo, 
say line speeds are causing worker injuries.

As pork plant speeds up slaughtering, workers report more injuries

The need for speed seems to be at the expense of employee health

Reuters – One of North America’s leading pig slaughterhouses is running faster than ever as meat packers hustle to keep pork in grocery stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plant worker Hector Ixquier says it’s time to slow down. Ixquier said he sought medical treatment in January for tendons he strained in his right arm while

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Canada’s year-end cattle herd continues shrinking

Slaughter beat pre-pandemic pace in second half, StatsCan says

Year-over-year contraction continued for Canada’s cattle herd at the start of 2021, while newborn piglet counts kept Canada’s hog herd on the rise during the same period, according to Statistics Canada. StatsCan on Monday reported 11.2 million cattle on Canadian farms at Jan, 1, 2021 — down one per cent from the year-earlier date and

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Canada’s active PED case count dwindling

Affected Manitoba farms now all presumptive-negative

The number of active outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) on hog farms in Canada has shrunk to a few in Eastern Canada, with affected sites elsewhere now believed negative for the disease. Manitoba Pork announced Wednesday that the last of the premises to report a PED outbreak in that province in 2020 has now


Piglet at a pig farm in Guizhou Province, China in May 2020.

Contaminated feed a risk that can’t be ignored, says expert

It’s clear that viruses, including African swine fever, can be transmitted via feed ingredients

New research is showing that animal feed can carry viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever. It’s a threat that must be thwarted, Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services, told attendees at the virtual 2021 Banff Pork Seminar in January. “We’ve got to work together,” said

File photo of hogs in transit near Red Deer, Alta. (Stefonlinton/iStock/Getty Images)

Olymel shipping backlogged hogs to U.S.

Company-owned hogs to go south after COVID closes Red Deer plant

Winnipeg | Reuters — Olymel said Friday it was shipping pigs to the United States to help clear a backlog of hogs after it had to temporarily close its Red Deer, Alta. slaughter plant because of a coronavirus outbreak. Olymel shut the plant on Wednesday and declared force majeure — unforeseeable circumstances that prevent contract