Happy National Pork Month!

Put away those jack-o’-lanterns and break out the bacon, because instead of celebrating the spooky side of October in this blog post, we’re going to talk about how this month is National Pork Month.

Some pork facts

Traditionally, pigs in Europe were slaughtered in fall and early winter, as the ensuing cold weather would help […]

Researchers offer tips to prevent swine flu in humans

The 2017 county fair season in the U.S. is nearing its close. Fewer and fewer weekends are filled with the bright lights of rapidly assembled Ferris wheels, the air is less filled with the scent of toasty elephant ears (non-Americans, check these out) and fewer animals are ambling into the trailer to be brought to […]

Nearly 300 pigs culled at county fair after swine flu discovery

A county fair in the U.S. state of Ohio took an unfortunate turn this month when the discovery of swine flu in at least one animal led to state officials ordering the culling of nearly 300 pigs.

The barn was quarantined and disinfected after a case of the H3N2 strain was identified. The strain can […]

Tracking pig fights with cutting-edge technology

Nobody likes to see a fight — not between people, and not between pigs.

Pig farmers struggle to deal with aggression in their animals. Injuries inflicted on pigs, by pigs can negatively impact productivity and animal growth. Pregnant sows are often separated from other pigs so that aggression won’t affect the unborn offspring. While this […]

PEDv cases in Manitoba raise alarms

Earlier this year, the province of Manitoba in Canada began dealing with an unexpected increase of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

PEDv, which causes diarrhea and dehydration in pigs, causes up to 100% mortality in piglets and 100% morbidity (disease) in all pigs, though is not transmitted to humans or other animals.

The […]

First salmon, up next pigs?

Late last year the first genetically engineered animal — a salmon that is designed to grow twice as fast as wild salmon — was approved by the FDA and deemed safe for human consumption. Now, new research is showing another animal may soon join the list as scientists from the University of Missouri and Kansas […]

USDA: Deadly baby pig virus likely came from China via feed bags

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that the DNA of a virus found in China matches porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which responsible for killing more than eight million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014. It was also reported that it is likely the virus entered the U.S. through reusable tote bags used […]

Researchers ID third strain of PEDv

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified a third strain of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the U.S. and believe this is a sign that the virus will continue mutating as producers work to contain it.

Named “Minnesota188” or “S2aa-del”, this strain was found to be at least as […]

Monday links

After your holiday weekend it’s time to catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science and agriculture industries with Monday links!

Animal Science

Ranchers need to be alert for acorn poisoning in cattle – Drovers Autumn’s generous acorn crop may be great for deer, but could be deadly for […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Why Farmers Aren’t Cheering This Year’s Monster Harvest – National Public Radio U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. […]