ASF found in second pig farm
The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service today received the results of the laboratory tests confirming that African swine fever (ASF) had been found also in Bunci farm in Salaspils region in central Latvia. About 10,000 pigs are kept in the farm and will now have to be culled.
Bunci belongs to Ancers company that operated also Rukas farm in the central Latvian region of Krimulda where ASF was found in midjanuary and over 5,000 pigs had to be culled.
The civil defence committee of the local council of the Salaspils region will meet on February 8 to discuss the safety measures and provision of human resources to deal with the crisis, said Lolita Balcerbule, a spokeswoman for the local council.
Raimonds Kalvans, CEO of Ancers company, said earlier that the losses due to the ASF outbreak in Rukas farm will add up to millions of euros. In addition to the investment in the business, special genetic material will also be lost, he said. The farm in Krimulda kept sows and raised piglets, while the farm in Salaspils keeps meat pigs.
The Latvian government on January 17 declared a state of emergency in the Asfaffected Krimulda region, as well as in the regions of Adazi and Salaspils which will last until April 17.
The ASF outbreak started in Latvia in June 2014 not far from the border with Belarus.
African swine fever is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus infection affecting pigs. If an infected pig is found in a farm, all pigs in the particular farm have to be culled, which means big losses for farmers.