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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Secure Pork Plan aims to help pork producers stop foreign disease before it arrives

As swine diseases threaten to spread into countries they were previously absent from, authorities are sharpening their approach to helping pork producers protect their operations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with help from The Pork Checkoff and Iowa State University’s Center for Food Security and Public Health, is promoting the adoption of Secure Pork […]

Pig breeds, large and small

October is National Pork Month, or as it is affectionately known as, “Porktober.” Last year, we talked about why October is the month we celebrate pigs and pig meat and shared some basic pork facts. This year, we’d like to clear up an important pig-related manner: What’s the difference between pigs you see on the […]

African swine fever spreads in Europe and Asia

African swine fever (ASF) crossed a new border last week as it entered Western Europe for the first time.

It’s been a tough year for ASF. An outbreak of the disease, which affects only pigs, began in Inner Mongolia during early August. Since then, 29 outbreaks have rocked China, which has culled nearly 40,000 pigs […]

Cutting down on swine flu and bird flu at county fairs

The county fair is a good place to go to share agricultural achievements, show off animals, and maybe indulge in some kettle corn or a ride on the Ferris wheel. It’s not a place where anyone — human or animal —goes with a plan to get sick.

That said, sicknesses do happen. County fairs in […]

Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed at South Korean pig farm

It’s been over a year since foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was last confirmed in South Korean livestock, but new reports have now been confirmed just northwest of Seoul. Fortunately, the disease is believed to be contained.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed a single case of FMD at a hog farm in Gimpo, […]

How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

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 […]