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 […]

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 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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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, […]