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A New Hope Group company video shows a modern hog barn. New Hope Group, one of China’s biggest feed and livestock producers, says it’s one of numerous well-financed companies that are quickly rebuilding the country’s hog herd. newhopegroup.com

China says it’s winning the battle against African swine fever

When processing returns to normal, Chinese demand — if it continues — could lift battered markets here

Chinese hog industry officials say the country is poised to put African swine fever behind it as early as next year. But a leading Canadian authority says that may be premature. The fatal pig disease devastated China’s hog herd — the world’s largest — reducing it by around half last year and prompting the government to […] Read more

This 2016 photo showing feral and domestic pigs mingling is from www.wildpigscanada.ca, a website created by the University of Saskatchewan’s Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement research group headed by Ryan Brook. The website has information on characteristics and behaviour, signs of the animals’ presence, and control methods.

Wild pig problem in the spotlight at pork conference

The number of feral pigs is growing here and playing a key role in the African swine fever epidemic elsewhere

(Editor’s note: The following is an abridged and edited version of two articles. The full versions can be found at meristem.com by clicking on the 2020 Banff Pork Seminar link.) Two presentations at the 2020 Banff Pork Seminar highlighted the threat posed by wild boars. Ryan Brook, a University of Saskatchewan associate professor and wildlife […] Read more


This photo from the Canadian Border Services Agency website shows “Detector Dog Ambrose” with pork products discovered by the sniffer dog, which is deployed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

African swine fever: It’s not the ‘lazy’ virus — it’s unthinking people

African swine fever is spreading like wildfire in Asia, but it’s because people are bringing contaminated pork home

African swine fever continues to cut a devastating swath across Asia as North American pork industry officials work to keep the deadly disease off our shores. “The African swine fever virus is spreading very quickly throughout the Southeast Asia region,” Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinary counsellor for the Canadian Pork Council said in a Sept. 20 […] Read more

A large male wild boar — which can top 600 pounds — in a rare daytime photo. The animals tend to be nocturnal.

Wild pigs a growing problem not many seem to care about

Alberta is the only province with a control strategy — but it’s still in the pilot program phase

Since their numbers are unknown and the wily animals are rarely spotted, it’s been easy to ignore the problem of wild pigs. But given their potential to spread disease, that’s a mistake, says the country’s leading — and pretty much only — expert on wild boars. The animals — whose population has mushroomed in the […] Read more


The threat of ASF recently prompted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to record a video warning discussing the disease's

Decimation of China’s hog herd has a silver lining for Canada

African swine fever outbreak fuelling price surge but if the disease comes here, it would be a nightmare

African swine fever outbreak fuelling price surge but if the disease comes here, it would be a nightmare

African swine fever could be a boon for the pork sector — if North American producers can keep the devastating disease at bay. “You always hate to make money at the expense of disease in other countries, but nonetheless, the opportunity is there,” said Brent Bushell, general manager of the Western Hog Exchange. The virulent […] Read more

Ever since the first case of African swine fever was found in China in August, Dr. Egan Brockhoff has been sounding the alarm. If the virus reaches Canada, it would devastate the pork sector, says the Alberta veterinarian, seen here in an affected area in south China late last year.

African swine fever would be a disaster

There is a ‘clear risk’ the swiftly spreading disease could come here, says leading swine health vet

There is a real risk that the African swine fever virus could enter Canada — and if it did, it would be catastrophic, says one of the country’s leading swine health experts. “If Canada got a single case in our country, our borders would close to all nations,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a partner in […] Read more


North America has so far been spared from a disease outbreak that has seen tens of thousands of pigs culled in China and Europe, but officials here worry African swine fever could arrive via imported feed ingredients.

Pork producers need to be on guard for African swine fever

The disease is ravaging herds in China and Europe, 
and could come here through infected feed ingredients

African swine fever hasn’t been found in North America, but pork producers still have reason to be concerned. “If we get it, we cannot control the spread and the whole population will be destroyed by it,” said Javier Bahamon, quality assurance and production manager with Alberta Pork. “Pretty much the whole population of animals needs […] Read more