European Hogs Numbers Could Suffer Losses
Mar 01, 2011
If you haven't heard about it yet, I am sure you will as the deadly disease known as "African Swine Fever" or "ASF" reaches European borders. I am told German officials are already issuing strong warnings and precautions that should be taken now that African Swine Fever is quickly approaching. From what I know, the disease has been detected in domestic pigs located in the country of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Kaliningrad. Scientist have tracked this most recent outbreak back to remote areas of Russia and Poland. This disease is quickly gaining the attention of organizations around the globe. The problem is the disease can wipe out an entire hog operation in less than a couple of weeks. There is currently no known vaccine or cure for ASF. Some of the more severe strains can kill 100% of the pigs it infects with just 7 days. Another scary thought is that they have now found that the disease is being transmitted by blood sucking ticks, mosquitoes and horse flies, this is causing it to become virtually unstoppable. Some other things they have recently discovered, is that those pigs that do overcome the disease are then long-term carriers and contribute to spreading it further into the herd. The disease can also survive without a host. Local authorities who have had experience with the disease say it can also be spread by the cross contamination of objects, such as farm equipment, clothes and livestock feed. I can almost promise you if this disease makes its way into Germany or a couple of the other top hog producing European nations, traders will become very concerned about the ability of the world to meet its growing hog demand. I have yet to hear of any cases here at home, but I will keep you posted if anything comes up.
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