Elevated DON risks a problem for pig farms

Thanks to a period of wet and snowy weather parts of the U.S. and Canada, experts are advising operations that handle corn or feed ingredients to be cautious of mycotoxins going forward.

Of particular concern is deoxynivalenol, or DON. This mycotoxin is produced by a mold that flourishes in wet conditions and is a major […]

‘Beagle Brigade’ sniffs out African Swine Fever and other animal health threats

Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Control

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been on the move this year.

Originally endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, the virus has caused a heightened number of outbreaks in and around China this year, moving through several Eastern European countries and eventually hitting Western Europe for the first time.

Because […]

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 […]

For the first time, gene-edited pigs successfully resist costly virus

Last year, the University of Edinburgh announced that a team of its researchers had used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that were potentially resistant to a viral infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Now, those pigs have been put to the test. The team recently exposed the gene-edited pigs […]

New rules proposed to ‘modernize’ swine processing industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a series of changes affecting the swine industry in the U.S., particularly regarding the way hogs slaughtered for meat are processed. Regulators say the proposal will make industry practices better, but some worry about the implications for food safety.

USDA has proposed a new inspection system that […]

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 […]

Preventing the spread of swine influenza

With the current news topics of emerging strains of swine1 and avian influenza2 spreading throughout North America, it is important to review the influenza virus, what it can do if it enters your farm, and how you can prevent it from spreading.

What is influenza?

The commonly known influenza virus (H1N1) was first identified and […]

Gene-edited pigs resistant to major viral disease

Using advanced genetic techniques, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh have produced pigs that are potentially resilient to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) — an infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Studies have shown that the PRRS virus targets immune cells called macrophages. According to the […]