This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. By Peter Fidder, director of Quality Affairs, Trouw Nutrition Walk around any hog show or pork event and you can tell a lot about the state of the industry by asking attendees one simple question: “What issue is keeping you awake at night?” From disease threats to trade and regulatory policies, there are many issues contributing to lost sleep in 2019. Among hog farmers in North America, foreign animal disease and biosecurity measures to prevent such disease from infiltrating herds is a leading concern. Anxiety is particularly high about the damage that could be inflicted if African swine fever finds its way to North America’s shores. The cancellation of a signature pork event — World Pork Expo — signified the abundance of caution organizations such as the National Pork Producers Council are undertaking to prevent an outbreak of ASF in the Americas. Such a high level of concern is understandable given the potential risk a disease outbreak p...