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2009-06-17 10:19:00

Protection lifted on feral swine in four other counties HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that he was retaining protection on feral swine in Bedford County in an effort to facilitate trapping by individuals permitted by the agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roe did, however, lift the protection in Bradford, Fulton, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Under the executive order, issued in...

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2009-06-11 15:55:00

A Washington state woman claims in a lawsuit against a gourmet restaurant that she suffered injuries at the mouth of one of the establishment's potbellied pigs. The woman said she was dining with her husband Jan. 11 at the Herbfarm Restaurant in Woodinville, Wash., and decided to take a restaurant-issued pan of pig food to the eatery's swine, Seattlepi.com reported Thursday. The complaint filed in the case said it was dark inside the restaurant so the woman did not see the pig coming for the...

2009-05-15 09:00:00

BEIJING, May 15 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Himfr.com (http://www.himfr.com/Agriculture.html ), one of China's leading B2B search platforms with more than 30 B2B industry websites to its name, reports that pig prices drop. By the financial crisis and the impact of supply and demand, this year, the price of pigs has fallen substantially; since March the drop in price of pigs is particularly evident. At present, the average market price of pigs is 9.24 yuan/kg, down 42.6 percent; piglet price...

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2009-05-04 12:45:00

Authorities in Egypt are following through with the nationwide slaughter of thousands of pigs in order to protect citizens against the swine flu virus despite criticism from the UN, which claims there is no need for the massive slaughter since the virus cannot be spread by pork consumption. On Saturday, Dr Souad Al-Khouli said there had been no reported cases of the H1N1 virus in humans or pigs in Egypt. The call to slaughter Egypt's entire pig population has been met with disruption among...

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2009-05-03 15:14:21

Officials said Saturday that the first swine flu virus in pigs was found in Canada. The pigs that were infected by a farm worker that visited Mexico.  Dr. Brian Evans, executive vice president with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told a news conference that swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs and the pigs do not pose a food safety risk.  Officials said that the pigs in the province of Alberta were considered to be infected by a Canadian farm worker that had recently...

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2009-04-29 10:39:50

A U.S. extension specialist says swine producers follow strict biosecurity protocols to prevent swine flu and other diseases in their herds. Steve Moeller, an Ohio State University swine specialist, says understanding the intensive protocols is important to consumers concerned about swine influenza outbreaks and the impact on pork safety. First, it is important to note that the virus has not been isolated in any animals to date, Moeller said. "In addition, swine influenza viruses are not...

2009-04-28 10:11:29

Trichina worms (Trichinella spp.) are roundworms that can invade a wide range of animals and man. People are most often infected through eating trichina-containing pork. For her doctorate, Rebecca Davidson investigated the incidence of trichina in red foxes in Norway. Her findings show that red foxes throughout Norway are liable to become infected, but that the parasite is most common in southern and especially south-eastern areas. The most frequently-found Trichinella species in the red fox,...

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2009-04-22 15:34:35

Scientists in South Korea have cloned a pig whose organs can be transplanted into humans. Lim Gio-Bin lead the project that resulted in the birth of the cloned piglet to a surrogate mother at the National Institution of Animal Science in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on April 3. The piglet was designed to lack the "alpha-gal" gene that causes tissue reaction exhibited in immuno-rejection, which has been the primary struggle for human organ transplants in the past. Lim told AFP that his team, which...

2009-04-14 11:23:20

A British man who used to farm pigs said he was arrested and held for more than 6 hours in a row concerning a pig statue in his back garden. Robin Demczak, 57, of Witney, England, said he put the black and white porcelain swine in his back garden with the sign no pigs long before Police Constable John Ablett moved in next door, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Demczak said the no pigs sign was made in reference to the fact that the shed in his garden used to be a pig sty. When I got rid...

2009-03-13 14:39:47

A southern China farmer said two otherwise healthy pigs were born without snouts on his farm. Fang Lianseng said his two unique swine were born at his Jingcheng farm alongside several siblings with the normal pig facial features, The Sun reported Friday. They look strange but their nostrils are inside their mouths and they breathe quite well, the farmer said. Veterinarians said the pigs may have been born without snouts as a result of a genetic mutation or pollution.