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Colombia cleared of foot-and-mouth

Country now aims to double meat exports

Bogota | Reuters — Colombia will look to double its meat exports now it has regained its status as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious viral disease found in animals and is one of the most serious to affect livestock, including cattle, sheep and

‘Weak positive’ PED turns up in Alberta sample

A “weak positive” finding of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus from ongoing sampling in Alberta offers a warning that the hog disease may not have yet left the province alone. The chief provincial veterinarian’s office (OCPV) on Monday reported that the agriculture department’s lab in Edmonton on Jan. 22 found a weak PED positive


No turkeys, pigs, goats: U.S. to let airlines limit service animals

Miniature horses still up for discussion

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday proposed giving airlines the power to bar emotional support animals from cabins and limit the definition of a service animal to a trained dog. The proposed new rules are aimed at preventing passengers from falsely claiming their pets are service animals aboard U.S. airline flights.

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

Terri Decock and Devon Woodward attempt to pose with sow Dacotah, who is more interested in the camera.

From city slicker to pig whisperer

Faces of Ag: After the roly-poly porkers captured Terri Decock’s heart, she went from hobby farmer to Canada’s second-largest KuneKune breeder

“Babies!” Terri Decock calls. “Come see!” The blanket door to the red barn lifts. Fifteen ginger and spotted pigs dash into the snowy yard to mill around Terri’s feet and nudge a giggling reporter with their upturned snouts. They are KuneKune weanlings. The medium-size, roly-poly breed was originally raised by the Maori people in New


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.

China is the world’s top pork consumer and has seen a sharp rise in pork prices ever since an outbreak of African swine fever began in August 2018.

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