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USDA Enhances African Swine Fever Surveillance Efforts

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is furthering its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. As part of this plan, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will work with the swine industry, the states, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories to test for ASF. ASF is a highly contagious and deadly disease …

USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter Inspection System

Dan Pork

After years of study and pilot testing USDA is proposing a new voluntary swine slaughter inspection system. (Gary Crawford and Carmen Rottenberg) USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter Inspection System-1 Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg talks about the nature and purpose of the new proposed inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments. USDA Proposes New Swine Slaughter …

United States Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 2 Percent

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

As of December 1, there were 73.2 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from December 2016, but down slightly from September 1, 2017, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Other key findings in the report were: Of the 73.2 million hogs …