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ASF global outlook continues to worsen

South Korea is the latest Asian country to be hit with African Swine Fever and Dr. Dave Pyburn with the National Pork Board says the global outlook continues to worsen.

“As we see more countries where we have these outbreaks happening, it does nothing but increase our risk here,” he says. “We have to be on top of our game here as far as making sure that our customs and border patrol are inspecting at the border, inspecting tourists that might be bringing some of these materials in, and also don’t forget about the mail system.”

He tells Brownfield producers should improve biosecurity efforts and limit international visitors on the farm.   

“It’s probably not a great time to be having international visitors on your farm just because of the risk that could be there,” he says. “If you really need to have international visitors to the farm, we have materials on our website.”  

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Audio: Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board

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