Farmscape for October 25, 2018
The Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council says, more than ever, China's pork sector is recognizing the need to build a biosecurity culture.
The number of reported cases of African Swine Fever in China and the area affected has continued to grow since the infection was first discovered in that country in August.
Dr. Egan Brockhoff, the Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council, who will be travelling to China next month, says he'll be taking part in biosecurity sessions, training for veterinarians and talking about everything from disease management to disease prevention to basic management and hygiene processing.
Clip-Dr. Egan Brockhoff-Canadian Pork Council:
The virus, from what we can see from discussions with colleagues, has moved from the north end to the south end of China.
The true number of cases is probably significantly higher than what's being reported.
The rest of southeast Asia is holding their breath at this time.
I also work with colleagues in the rest of southeast Asia and it's entirely possible that African Swine Fever is able to move into countries like Vietnam this year with close connections of pig movements and other countries in southeast Asia so the timing is frightening to be honest.
We've just got more livestock movement, more pork product movement more people movement and the opportunity to move that virus globally, but certainly into southeast Asia has to be extremely frightening for producers in that region.
Dr. Brockhoff says biosecurity is all about culture and all about attitude.
He says, more than ever, they're recognizing that they do need to build that biosecurity culture and that attitude is key.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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