(Le Mars) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association, along Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of regional conferences in February focusing on foreign pork diseases and trade tariffs.
Pork producers are concerned about a disease that is making its way around the world. It is called African Swine Fever, and fortunately, it has not yet entered the United States, and officials with the pork industry hopes it stays away. In the meantime, pork producers are learning more about the disease for if it ever does strike the U-S pork industry. Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University Swine Veterinarian will update producers
about the disease.
Rademacher explains why U-S pork producers should be concerned the disease is in China.
The Iowa State University Swine Veterinarian says the disease has many symptoms that appear as other familiar pig diseases. Rademacher says the problem with African Swine Fever is that there isn’t yet a cure or vaccination against the disease.
The Northwest Iowa Regional Pork Conference is scheduled for next Monday, February 18th at the Northwest Iowa Community College at Sheldon. The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. To register, or to obtain additional information, pork producers can contact their local extension offices.