Hog raisers told to stop swill feeding

WHILE there is still no report of local hogs affected by African Swine Flu (ASF), hog raisers in the province were advised to avoid swill feeding of their livestock as they continue to intensify their bio-security to protect the industry against African Swine Flu (ASF).

Rosendo So, chairman of Samahan ng Industriyang Agricuktura (SINAG), advised particularly backyard hog raisers stop buying and feeding their hogs with swill feeds (food scraps from hotels and restaurants) a common practice.

So said 65 percent of hog industry is backyard raising and pointed to a need to educate them through seminars to protect their investments.

The big farms, he said, must maintain bio-security strictly.

He said while ASF is not contagious to human, there is no vaccine to contain it so it’s quite dangerous unlike the foot-and-mouth disease that afflicts other four-legged animals. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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