In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. | File photo

ASF prevention funding requested

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on […] Read more

The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for tests at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut laboratory, the ministry said in a statement. | File photo

Germany says has suspected case of African swine fever

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday it had a suspected case of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for tests […] Read more

In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. | Screencap via Twitter/@OIEAnimalHealth

International African swine fever response demanded

Two international organizations are calling for global action to stop the spread of African swine fever. In a joint news release, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called on countries to join forces against the deadly pig disease. “Today, 51 countries are affected […] Read more


ASF has never been found in Canada and there are national efforts underway to keep it from entering the country and to deal with it should it arrive. An outbreak of the disease would close borders and cause havoc in the pork industry. | File photo

African swine fever research efforts expand

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre is now able to test the vaccines it develops

BANFF, Alta. — The vaccine centre based in Saskatoon is now able to test potential vaccines to combat African swine fever. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Jan. 8 that the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre, based at the University of Saskatchewan, can now more fully participate in the search for a response […] Read more

African swine fever has devastated China’s hog herd and significantly increased demand for foreign pork.  |  Reuters photo

China reshapes meat market

LONDON/BEIJING, (Reuters) — China is scouring the world for meat to replace the millions of pigs killed by African swine fever. China’s search is boosting prices, business and profits for European and South American meat packers as it re-shapes global markets for pork, beef and chicken. The European Union, the world’s second largest pork producer […] Read more


If ASF arrived in the United States, damages could be as high as US$16 billion for the agriculture industry in the first year because it could affect the entire pork complex.
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North America braces for African swine fever shock

The deadly hog virus may already be on this continent but has not made its way into the pig herd, which would be catastrophic

African swine fever may have already arrived in North America but hasn’t found its way to farms. “The chances of keeping the virus out of a country is very low,” said veterinarian Scott Dee. High volumes of products come from China where the disease is rampant. Since the virus has a long life, it could […] Read more


In a March 11 report, the U.S. agricultural attache to China forecasted a 13 percent reduction in the country’s swine herd to 374 million animals by the end of 2019 from 428 million at the start of the year.
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USDA expects smaller ASF impact on China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a far more conservative estimate of the carnage that African swine fever has caused to China’s hog herd than most agricultural analysts and economists. In a March 11 report, the U.S. agricultural attache to China forecasted a 13 percent reduction in the country’s swine herd to 374 million animals […] Read more


World Pork Expo is held each June in Des Moines, Iowa, hosting about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from parts of the world where African swine fever has been found.  |  File photo

African swine fever cancels World Pork Expo

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

Wild boar that escaped from farms and now run wild across the Prairies could become a way for African swine fever to spread to the domestic herd.  |  File photo

Feral pigs, wild boar pose African swine fever threat

Pigs do great in Canada. The problem is, it’s not just pigs in barns that do great. “They don’t just survive up here, they thrive,” Red Deer swine veterinarian Egan Brockhoff said about wild pigs, of which there are many in Canada. Across North America there are millions. Wild pigs and wild boars — two […] Read more