Spain tests African swine fever vaccine

Spain, a country that has successfully fought to eliminate African swine fever (ASF) from its borders in years past, is testing a potential new vaccine against ASF virus. The oral vaccine has been tested so far on wild boars, but if the results are successful, it could be used to protect the country’s domestic herds.

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African swine fever hits entire Chinese mainland

China, a seeming ground zero for the ongoing African swine fever (ASF) epidemic, has now seen cases of the deadly porcine disease in all 31 of its mainland provinces, news that exacerbates the worries of producers around the world who are working to prevent the spread of the virus.

China produces roughly half (433 million […]

Biosecurity: World Pork Expo 2019 canceled due to African swine fever risks

World Pork Expo is, as you might guess from the name, the world’s largest conference for the pork industry. Each year, it’s visited by about 20,000 swine producers, pork processors, veterinarians, animal researchers, regulatory authorities, bacon lovers and other industry stakeholders. The event is an opportunity for attendees to learn, network and enjoy prestigious swine […]

Facial recognition technology might help monitor animal moods

It’s 2019 and science hasn’t even figured out how to talk to animals yet. What gives?

Fortunately, dedicated and resourceful researchers around the world have greatly improved our understanding of animal behavior, to the point where we can often figure out what our pets and livestock are expressing, even if they can’t talk to us.

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African swine fever update: one million pounds of pork seized; vaccine research takes step forward

With the ongoing Asian and Eastern European outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), a disease that is not known to harm humans but is deadly to pigs, countries not already touched by ASF virus have one goal: keep it out.

U.S. Custom and Border Protection officials may have prevented possible introduction of the virus to […]

Scottish swine industry aims to eliminate PRRS

What’s the best way to fight porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)? Well, tough biosecurity controls are always essential, but Scotland has set forth towards an ambitious goal: eradicate it.

Since 1992, when PRRS was first discovered in Scotland, the disease has gone on to affect 40% of the nation’s swine herds. The Press and […]

New algorithm aims to predict outbreaks of PEDv and other animal diseases

Computers have long since been an integral part of nearly every aspect of modern life, from the home to the workplace, yet still we continue finding new ways they can help us.

A new algorithm developed by researchers in the U.S. and Brazil could give farmers advance warning of disease outbreaks in their animals. Currently, […]

African swine fever continues at the forefront as Year of the Pig begins

This week we enter the Year of the Pig, according to the Lunar calendar — fitting, as issues concerning pigs and wild boars promise to be on the forefront many minds due to ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in many parts of the globe.

In China alone, nearly one million pigs have been […]

African swine fever intercepted in Australia; spreads to Mongolia

It was reported this week that Australian authorities intercepted the smuggling of banned pork products into the country, and it was fortunate that they did, because the dangerously contagious African swine fever (ASF) was detected within the goods.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources seized meat products from travelers and from international mail and […]

Swine producers in Alberta ramp up biosecurity in response to PEDv

It’s been nearly five years since the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first reported in Canada. That case was in 2014, in the province of Ontario. Since then, the virus has been reported in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Quebec.

Now, it’s been found in Alberta, at an operation with 400 pigs.

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