South Korea has now been hit with African swine fever. Dave Pyburn, DVM, with the National Pork Board, said 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 said. “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 suggests farmers improve biosecurity efforts and discourage far-flung friends from visiting.
“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 said.
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Source: Brownfield Ag News