Close your gate on African swine fever
Why preventing African swine fever is important
ASF is a contagious viral disease that is deadly for pigs. ASF is not transmitted to humans, but a small amount of the virus could infect your pigs. There is no treatment for ASF.
It can spread between pigs through contact with other infected pigs or pork products, as well as contaminated farm equipment, feed and clothing.
How to protect your pigs from African swine fever
Biosecurity is the most important measure to keep ASF out!
- Animal Feed: Carefully source feed, feed ingredients from a trusted supplier with proper biosecurity controls and be able to provide information on the ingredients and their origin.
- Wild pigs: Ensure there is no direct or indirect contact between your pigs and wild pigs.
- Food scraps: Be cautious when feeding any food or kitchen waste to pigs and don't feed them any meat products, since even a small amount of ASF could infect your pigs.
- People: Stay vigilant when people visit or work on your farm. Clothes and footwear could be contaminated with ASF, especially if people have returned from countries with ASF within the past 14 days.
- Buying pigs: Only obtain new animals from reputable sources and limit the frequency of introducing new pigs to the herd. ASF can be spread through diseased swine or healthy swine incubating the virus.
The approach to biosecurity will be different for each farm. Using this basic biosecurity checklist can help you identify some areas of risk to address on your farm.
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