Corn’s share of the hog industry’s feed ration has increased to 75 percent since African swine fever devastated China’s hog herd.  |  Reuters/Dominique Patton photo

ASF may boost China’s corn imports

Producers removed 30 million tonnes of food waste from their hogs’ diets following the African swine fever outbreak

Heading into 2020-21, analysts were convinced that African swine fever would minimize China’s corn imports. They were wrong. What it did was eliminate about 30 million tonnes of food scraps being fed to hogs in that country, said Bryan Lohmar, China director for the U.S. Grains Council. Instead, rations comprising corn and soybeans have now […] Read more

Previous to the African swine fever outbreak, China produced roughly half of all the pigs in the world. | Reuters photo

China pork estimates hard to gauge

China’s claims that it has regained 90 percent of the hog production lost during an outbreak of African swine fever are not gaining traction among North American hog and livestock market analysts. Through disease losses followed by precautionary slaughter beginning in 2018, China is thought to have lost more than 40 percent of its herd, […] Read more

American researchers are working in Vietnam in an effort to learn more about African swine fever prevention and how to handle the illness in large hog operations. Farmers like Mike Patterson of Kenyon, Minnesota, would be devastated if an outbreak was to occur in the United States. | Reuters/Nicholas Pfosi photo

Early control would ease ASF damage in U.S.

Officials predict costs of an outbreak could be reduced to $15 billion from $50 billion if it was controlled within two years

African swine fever could become endemic in the United States if it arrives in North America. Paul Sundberg of the Ames, Iowa-based Swine Health Information Centre said the virus is a looming threat that could cost the American pork industry an estimated $50 billion over 10 years. Speaking to a recent online session about ASF […] Read more


Animal health experts say small lot hog producers have no shared quality assurance program or industry representation, which raises alarm bells when it comes to African swine fever.  | File photo

Backyard pig production remains ASF worry

British Columbia develops a production manual to help inform the province’s estimated 1,200 small hog producers

There are more than 7,000 “small-lot” pig producers in Canada, those who operate outside the commercial system. Their number and level of activity or knowledge regarding biosecurity are concerns for those involved in preventing African swine fever from entering the country and controlling it if it does. The illness has devastated hog populations in Asia […] Read more

Gov’t must do more on African swine fever front

It’s critical to get the agriculture portion of the next federal budget right. Then Canada can use the relative health of the farm economy to help rebuild the post-COVID future. The things the Trudeau Liberal government identified several years ago as being potential growth areas for the economy remain in place, despite the economic damage […] Read more


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