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COVID/Wuhan Dominos Continue to Fall in Animal Agriculture

Apr 14 2020 Adjusting to the new realities, even if relatively short lived, will not come without continuing difficulties. In the heart of mid-Atlantic poultry country, because of a COVID driven labor shortages, Allen Harim is selectively starting to issue depopulation... more

COVID/Wuhan Continuing to Take a Toll On Pork

Apr 13 2020 Smithfield announced the closure of one of the largest pork processing plants in the US because of the current virus pandemic. https://www.agriculture.com/ne... This makes a real dent in the US processing capacity, puts many employees at least temporarily... more

HPAI Raises Its Ugly Head Again

Apr 9 2020 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has made an appearance again in South Carolina. After an absence in the United States of almost three years, a commercial turkey flock has tested positive for the H7N3 HPAI virus after incurring an abnormal mortality rate... more

COVID-19 / Wuhan Virus in Animals?

Mar 25 2020 Well, Fido may be our best friend, but we apparently have a new way for potentially doing him harm. A second dog from the same owner in Hong Kong has been confirmed as positive for the COVID-19 virus, after another elderly dog, also in Hong Kong, dies... more

African Swine Fever - Getting Closer

Mar 16 2020 The following National Hog Farmer article discusses information presented by Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., of Carthage, Illinois, a leading veterinary practice dedicated to swine health and production. It speaks to the need for bio-security vigilance in a... more

African Swine Fever Concerns Go Beyond Animals

Mar 2 2020 The threat to the US and Canadian national herds from ASF has been well documented. Close behind that is the danger the disease poses to feed suppliers, and the producers of its raw material, the soy bean farmer. This article articulates these concerns,... more

The Growing Importance of International Markets to Pork

Feb 20 2020 Hormel has become the latest large pork processor to announce its intention to eliminate the processing of animals fed with ractopamine, a growth enhancing feed supplement commonly given to feeder pigs in the US for over a decade. The supplement... more

Strengthing Biosecurity for Swine

Feb 12 2020 The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has agreed its 2020 plan of action which assigns priorities and earmarks funds for protecting the US swine heard, especially from foreign diseases. With the global ASF situation looming large over the industry, SHIC... more

Preparing for Diseases in Animal Agriculture

Jan 16 2020 Today (16 January 2020), APHIS announced awarding over $10,000,000 in 2018 Farm Bill funding in programs specifically targeted at a) assisting prevention of disease and emergency response training, b) improving animal disease diagnostic capabilities, and c)... more

Brucellosis: Whole Herd Testing Proves its Worth

Dec 31 2019 Through close, whole herd testing, Montana's cattle producers have been able to maintain a Brucellosis Class Free Status as a state. This successful program was instituted in 2010 for this exact purpose, and a very good outcome for the Montana Department of... more



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