Despite the cancellation of the World Pork Expo, the National Swine Registry (NSR), Certified Pedigreed Swine (CPS), and the American Berkshire Association (ABA) are still planning a live swine show during the week of June 2-8, 2019.
Staff members are working diligently to confirm event logistics and details for the hog show, in the wake of the National Pork Producers Council’s decision to cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo.
“We support NPPC’s decision,” says Clay Zwilling, CEO of the National Swine Registry. “As African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to spread in other parts of the world, there have been zero cases in the U.S. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to help ensure that the U.S. remains free of this disease. It is important to remember that ASF does not affect human health or food safety. ASF only affects pigs.”
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) consulted veterinarians and third-party experts when making this decision, Zwilling says. NPPC said the risk of ASF being brought into the U.S. by international World Pork Expo attendees was negligible.
“Stringent health regulations are currently enforced at all National Swine Registry live hog shows,” Zwilling says. “Those existing regulations will continue to be required. The NSR, CPS and ABA staff will continue to work closely with veterinarians to establish additional biosecurity measures.”
As soon as details are confirmed, membership will be informed of more details about the live hog show through official communication channels, NSR said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as the orgs work collaboratively to develop solutions,” Zwilling says.
When the 2001 World Pork Expo was cancelled, the live hog show was rebranded as the Midwest Type Conference and moved to Springfield, Ill.
“The World Pork Expo swine show is a premiere event for swine breeders,” Zwilling says. “Each year approximately 2,000 swine enthusiasts come together to buy, sell, exhibit and promote purebred swine genetics. Even though World Pork Expo 2019 is cancelled, it is the goal of the National Swine Registry, Certified Pedigree Swine and American Berkshire Association to continue to provide a venue for U.S. swine breeders opportunities to progress the purebred industry through a live hog show and sale.”
The open show and breeding stock sale, presented by NSR, features hundreds of crossbred and purebred boars and gilts from throughout the U.S.
The World Pork Expo Junior National, hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, was slated to kick off Expo week. In its 16 years, the Expo Junior National has grown into one of the nation’s largest youth hog shows. Organizers report that 1,500 exhibitors from 32 states and 3,500 hogs were expected for this year’s show. The Junior National combines educational activities and certification programs, with swine judging, live-hog competitions and showmanship.