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Pig farmers urged to take measures to curb swine erysipelas (update)

Pig farmers urged to take measures to curb swine erysipelas (update)

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture on Saturday urged farmers to improve their management of swine health amid reports of swine erysipelas, which come at a time when pork prices are already high due to the outbreak of deadly viral disease among pigs. The new bacterial threat, also known as "diamond skin disease," causes lesions on the pigs' skin and fever in the swine. If discovered at a late stage, it could result in a high death rate. Although there have only been a "few cases" reported so far, farmers should inject vaccines on schedule, carry out thorough sanitation and avoid buying pigs from a questionable source or origin, the council's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement. Once they notice symptoms of the bacterial disease, farmers should report the cases to local authorities immediately so that they can effectively tackle the situation with immediate measures aimed at prevention and treatment, the bureau added. The disease comes amid soaring prices for live pigs and pork as around 210,000 young swine have died from a viral disease outbreak starting in October in central and southern Taiwan. The market price of pork, a major meat in Taiwan, has risen to some NT$82 (US$2.7) per kilogram from the regular price of NT$60-65 per kg for this season, according to official statistics. Meat companies in Kaohsiung said that wholesale price for pork has stabilized since the agriculture council set up a task force to combat the rising cost of the meat. The auction price for live pigs averaged NT$82.6 per kg Saturday, the companies said. The Kaohsiung City Government said later in the day that it had not received any reports of the skin disease, but the southern city urged pig farmers to take precautions regardless. (By Huang Chiao-wen, Wang Shu-fen and James Lee)


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:14 GMT+08:00