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African swine fever vaccine: What could it mean for the hog industry?

USDA researchers have developed the basis of a vaccine for African swine fever and it is now headed toward commercialization.

Initial research in the U.S. on African swine fever started in the 1970s when the viral disease was spreading through Spain and Portugal. In the 1990s, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service started looking for a vaccine.

After years of work, sometimes was a bit sporadic due to funding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it has a new vaccine for African swine fever that is headed toward commercialization. 

What potential might it have for the hog industry? Feedstuffs' Krissa Welshans catch up with USDA researchers Dr. Douglas Gladue and Dr. Manuel Borca to find out more. Dr Gladue and Dr. Borca are the agency’s experts and head researchers for the  vaccine. They work out of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus is sponsored by United Animal Health, a leader in animal health and nutrition. You can learn more about United Animal Health and how they are working to advance animal science worldwide by visiting their website UnitedANH.com.

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