Vietnam: Recovering from blue ear epidemic – reluctance to raise pigs
Breeders in the northern province of Hai Duong, Vietnam were reluctant to raise pigs after the two-month' blue-ear epidemic, said Nguyen Van Tinh, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
According to department statistics, about 600,000 pigs survived the epidemic, of which more than 100,000 are breeding sows. The remaining 500,000 porkers were sold to avoid the disease, so now many pig pens in the province are empty.
Unusual health developments
Veterinary workers have told farmers to use hygienic food for their pigs and reminded them to watch out for unusual health developments. Hai Duong was the first province to be hit by blue-ear disease – and the first to control the disease.
Nine districts with a total of 65 communes in the province were hit by the disease. More than 9,800 pigs were identified with blue ear, of which 2,265 were cured and 7,391 culled.
The outbreak caused a loss of more than VND20 billion ($1.04 million) for the province, according to statistics of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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