May 24, 2024



German farm to cull 4,000 pigs after swine fever detected



A pig farm in northern Germany began culling all of its 4,000 animals on Wednesday after a case of African swine fever was confirmed there.

The outbreak near Guestrow, about 185 kilometres northwest of Berlin, is the first at a large pig farm in Germany. Cases in wild boars were first reported in Germany last year, followed by outbreaks in smallholdings.

African swine fever is usually deadly for pigs but doesn’t affect humans. It has spread in several European countries, leading to large-scale culls of wild boars and farmed pigs.