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African swine fever hits huge Chinese farm

Staff Writer | January 7, 2019
China reported an outbreak of deadly African swine fever on a huge pig farm part-owned by a Danish investment fund.
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Asia   The farm is the largest yet to be hit by African swine fever disease
The outbreak occurred on a farm in Suihua city with 73,000 pigs in northeastern Heilongjiang province, owned by the Heilongjiang Asia-Europe Animal Husbandry Co Ltd, a company established in 2016.

The farm’s herd included 15,000 breeding pigs, according to its website, and it was aiming to produce 385,000 pigs for slaughter a year. Some 4,686 pigs had been infected and 3,766 animals died, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said late on Wednesday. All animals on infected farms must be culled under current rules.

The farm is the largest yet to be hit by the disease.