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The African swine fever virus has reached every province in China.

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

PEDv has a mortality rate of up to 100 per cent in suckling piglets.

PEDv is now a ‘new normal’ for hog producers

Swine seminar participants told that despite its virulence, the disease can be managed

For Dr. Sue Burlatschenko, the most striking thing about porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in swine is the eerie silence when you enter infected nursery barns, because the baby pigs are either sick or dead and the sows are too ill to rise. “You walk into a barn at feeding time and you won’t hear a


Canada rejects U.S., Kiwi hog claims

Martin Rice says hog industry support programs aren’t subsidies Grumbling by the United States and New Zealand about subsidies for Canadian hog farmers doesn’t match the reality of a declining Canadian swine herd. Recent media reports quoted American and Kiwi farm or political spokesmen suggesting the upcoming Trans-Pacific Pact trade talks would be a good

Russia Finds More Swine Fever

Russia s animal and plant health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Oct. 31 it had registered three new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), of which two were spotted in the south of the country and one in the Kursk region on the border with Ukraine. In all three cases the outbreaks of the disease, lethal to

Vaccinate At One Day

Canadian swine producers can now vaccinate for mycoplasma pneumonia when they process baby pigs. A new label claim makes RespiSure-ONE by Pfizer Animal Health the only vaccine approved for administration at one day of age, the company says in a release. Vaccination as early as one day of age with RespiSure-ONE effectively generates long-term protective


New Animal Diseases Emerge

Agrowing number of livestock, such as cows and pigs, are fuelling new animal epidemics worldwide and posing more severe problems in developing countries as it threatens their food security, according to a report released Feb. 11. Epidemics in recent years, such as SARS and the H1N1 swine flu, are estimated to have caused billions of

Pandemic Virus Swapping Genes In Pigs

The H1N1 swine flu virus has been spreading quietly in pigs in Hong Kong and swapping genes with other viruses, and researchers said the findings support calls for tighter disease surveillance in pigs before new bugs can emerge and infect people. The finding, published in Science June 18, supports the theory that flu viruses infecting

Long-Awaited Hog Recovery Finally Happening

Relief is finally in sight for Manitoba’s beleaguered hog farmers after a financial battering that’s lasted nearly four years. Producers can expect to see profit margins of $20 to $25 a hog for most of 2010, beginning this spring, according to a Manitoba Pork Marketing Co-op outlook. The expected average fixed forward contract price from


Pork Sector Assesses H1N1 Damage

“H1N1 has been another poster child for active, ongoing risk management.” If there was any lingering doubt of the huge economic and psychological blow dealt to the pork industry in the wake of H1N1 influenza, it was quickly erased for those attending the Banff Pork Seminar, a leading seminar for the pork industry held annually

Swine Workers Encouraged To Get H1N1 Flu Shot

“Vaccination of swine workers may reduce the likelihood that H1N1 flu will be introduced into barns.” – DR. WAYNE LEES The Manitoba government is telling people who work directly with pigs to get the H1N1 flu shot. In a recent letter to the Manitoba Pork Council, the province recommended the move, not just to guard