Animal Diseases / Asia / Livestock / Pigs / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Blue ear of pigs spreading in Vietnam

With Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), or blue ear disease, spreading across Vietnam, large numbers of pig farmers are facing financial difficulty. Pork shortages due to the culling of pigs, or deaths from the disease, combined with restrictions in the movement of animals and public concern over the safety of pork products have seen the consumption of pork drop significantly in some large urban markets. “Pork shortages will subsequently lead to higher retail pork prices,” explains Lucy Lapar from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), “even if live pig prices may be depressed in the short term – especially in areas that are infected by the disease.”

Read more … (New Agriculturist)

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