ICYMI: Pork Smuggling, Hurricane Heroes and ASF

Check out these top PORK headlines of the week
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Beagle Brigade Nabs Pork Smuggler

Excuse me, ma’am, but is that a pig’s head in your luggage? In the “crazy-but-true” story of the week, PORK Editor Jennifer Shike shares how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agriculture specialists and a hardworking Beagle K-9 named Hardy seized and destroyed a cooked pig found in checked luggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport--the busiest airport in the world. Someone give that dog a bone! Read more here.  

ASF: This Chinese swine ain’t so fine

African swine fever is back and bigger than ever. News of outbreak on a nearly 20,000-pig farm is enough to send shivers down the spine of any pork producer, even with 7,000-miles and an ocean separating us. Reuters reported plunging pig prices  “in China’s northeast after farmers were unable to transport their herds out of infected provinces, while prices in the south have surged.” Read the full story here.


Also check out how the U.S. is blocking pork imports from Poland due to African swine fever.


Pig Farmers: Because Not All Heroes Wear Capes

In the Good News of the Week, we pause to recognize the hardworking farmers who weathered Hurricane Florence with their pigs. The North Carolina Pork Council reported that farmers slept in the barn with their animals to ensure their safety, delivered feed by the bucketful when automatic feed systems were knocked off-line and traveled by boat to check on their barns surrounded by floodwaters. Read about how preparation helped the pork industry weather the storm here.


More top headlines:

Global Diseases Continue to Worry Pig Farmers


From the Plate to the Farm: MN Documentary Takes You On A Tour of Pork