An illness that only affects pigs is making its way across the Midwest, including here in Minnesota. The Porcine Epidemic Virus (P.E.D.) killed more than 7,000 pigs at a facility near Good Thunder last December. Pork producers say newborn piglets are most susceptible, and it’s always fatal. The virus’ devastation cost the facility about $500,000.
A California-based animal rights group is calling on Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, to stop buying pork from a Minnesota producer. Mercy For Animals went undercover at a hog farm in Pipestone and recorded gruesome images they say proves their point.
Authorities say about 1,000 pigs died in a fire at an eastern Iowa hog containment operation.
Approximately 180 pigs have been killed in a Conger, Minn. barn fire Tuesday morning.
Target Corp. is the latest major food company to tell its pork suppliers to phase out the use of cramped stalls for confining pregnant sows.
A shortage down on the farm could lead to a price spike for a popular breakfast-time staple. This summer’s record drought has hurt many crops like corn. And pigs eat corn, making them more expensive to raise.
The Minnesota Department of Health has linked another case of a new swine flu strain to the Minnesota State Fair. According to MPR, a teenage boy developed a flu-like illness after he returned home, and later tested positive for a variant strain of H1N2. He had exhibited a pig at the fair.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, three people are believed to have developed a strain of influenza known as variant H1N2 (H1N2v) after exhibiting pigs or spending time in the swine barn at the Minnesota State Fair.
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Two days before the Minnesota State Fair, a top health expert says the pig barn should be closed. That’s because a new strain of swine flu has made it to Minnesota.
Health officials say that the new strain of swine flu that’s already sickened more at least 200 people in eight states this summer is now in Minnesota.
There are some new concerns Wednesday morning regarding a new strain of swine flu that’s already sickened more than 160 people across the country this summer.
Government health leaders have a message for people planning to visit a county or state fair: be careful if you pet the pigs. The Centers for Disease Control says it’s seeing a big jump in swine flu cases. Most are in children who’ve recently been to a fair.
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As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices.