The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads to the United States to avoid the type of devastation seen in China, where the disease has reduced the herd by more than 40 percent and pushed pork prices to record highs. | File photo

U.S. says it will ban shipments if fatal hog virus is detected

CHICAGO (Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads to […] Read more

Beyond working with the United States and Mexico, Canada has partnered with the provinces and industry groups to come up with an action plan for ASF.
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Ottawa confident in ASF response

OTTAWA — The federal government and industry partners continue to have confidence in plans to prevent and, if needed, combat an outbreak of African swine fever on Canadian soil. Beyond working with the United States and Mexico, Canada has partnered with the provinces and industry groups to come up with an action plan for ASF. […] Read more

Analysts think China would need to acquire 20,000 to 30,000 sows to return its hog industry to normal, but it’s not clear where they would come from.  |  Reuters photo

African swine fever to hit Chinese pork supply

Canadian pork exports to China are expected to jump as it continues efforts to address its massive need for product 


BANFF, Alta. — Video of people fighting over pork at Chinese meat counters will likely become more common as the fallout from the African swine fever outbreak in China progresses. Brett Stuart, president of the market research and analysis firm Global AgriTrends, estimates that about two-thirds of China’s swine herd has been lost to the […] Read more


African swine fever can go undetected because producers initially attribute hog deaths to other causes.  |  File photo

African swine fever diagnosis can be difficult

Infected pigs often die without any previous signs of trouble; sows appear fine in the evening and are dead by morning


BANFF, Alta. — African swine fever can lurk undetected in hog herds for weeks before producers identify it. That’s one of the reasons it has taken such lethal hold on hogs in China, Asia and parts of Europe. Klaus Depner, head of the German National Reference Laboratory at the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute in Riems, said infected […] Read more

The fatal pig disease has slashed China's hog herd by as much as half since August 2018 and has already lifted margins for processing soybeans into animal feed, Ray Young, ADM's chief financial officer, told the Stephens Nashville Investment Conference. | File photo

African swine fever in China worse than thought: ADM

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — China’s African swine fever outbreak is far more severe than previously thought and the full impact of the disease on animal feed producers has yet to be realized, Archer Daniels Midland Co. said last week. The fatal pig disease has slashed China’s hog herd by as much as half since August […] Read more


The fatal pig disease has slashed China's hog herd by as much as half since August 2018 and has already lifted margins for processing soybeans into animal feed, Ray Young, ADM's chief financial officer, told the Stephens Nashville Investment Conference. | File photo

China’s swine fever outbreak more severe than previously thought

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – China’s African swine fever outbreak is far more severe than previously thought and the full impact of the disease on animal feed producers has yet to be realized, U.S. agribusiness company Archer Daniels Midland Co said on Wednesday. The fatal pig disease has slashed China’s hog herd by as much as half […] Read more

The emergency plan includes enhanced biosecurity and improved communication.  |  File photo

Canada works on African swine fever emergency plan

RED DEER — Canada is preparing an extensive response and recovery plan in case African swine fever invades this country. The viral disease is killing pigs throughout China and southeastern Asia with no signs of slowing down, said Alberta swine veterinarian Egan Brockhoff. “African swine fever has overrun the Chinese pork sector and the virus […] Read more

Local husbandry and veterinary bureau workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever in Jinhua, China.  |  Reuters photo

Analysts question African swine fever recovery

The Chinese government claims the devastating hog disease is ‘under control’ and intends to resume production

China says African swine fever is behind it and it is time to rebuild the nation’s hog herd. A senior official with China’s agriculture ministry told reporters at a recent news conference that the devastating disease is “under control” and the production and sale of hogs can return to normal, according to an article in […] Read more


More veterinary experts are becoming confident that the African swine fever virus can be kept out of North American hog herds.  |  File photo

Hog industry split on extent of ASF threat

While some players are convinced African swine fever is inevitable in North America, others aren’t so sure

Is African swine fever inevitably going to infect North America’s swine herd? Experts were split on that during the World Hog Industry Digital Conference, with markets experts considerably more pessimistic than veterinary experts. “The question is which countries break first. You want to be last,” said Jim Long, president of Genesus, the Canada-based global swine […] Read more

China has been struggling to control the African swine fever epidemic, which some analysts predict could see up to 200 million pigs die or be culled this year, causing a huge shortage of pork locally and have economic impact on the meat and feed industry globally. | File photo

China faces long struggle to tackle African swine fever

PARIS (Reuters) – It will take years for China to contain the deadly African swine fever virus that has spread throughout the country, which is the world’s biggest pork producer, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. China has been struggling to control the epidemic, which some analysts predict could see up […] Read more