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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 reponse 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

Swine Strep Found

Dec 26 2019 Although more commonly found in horses, there have been a couple of recent cases of Swine Strep found in assembly yards as reported by PennAg Industries: https://www.lancasterfarming.com/swine-disease-detected-in-pennsylvania/article_320c600c-2657-11ea-... more

Foreign Animal Diseases - The Real Bogeyman for Animal Agriculture

Oct 2 2019 Animal agriculture producers are all to aware of the negative impact diseases can have. In the last decade, the US livestock industry has suffered heavily at the hands of HPAI, PEDv and PRRS. But the worst are still offshore - African Swine Fever and Foot &... more

Everything's Connected

Sep 9 2019 Except to pork exporters, what's the big deal about the current African Swine Fever pandemic that is decimating China's pig population? Well, it might be of concern to you if you're about to have surgery of any kind, or are living with a heart condition.... more



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