China’s pig herd declined 16.6 percent in February compared to one year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. That loss is attributed to African Swine Fever, a contagious virus that’s been impacting China’s hog herds since August 2018. Pipestone Holdings veterinarian Gordon Spronk was in China last month, learning more about ASF. He says the virus is changing the pork industry, especially when it comes to decision making and animal welfare. “Dealing with this issue, it’s very important we keep healthy pigs as our goal. It’s a crisis in China,” says Spronk. “Producers at meetings I’ve attended have stated they’re very concerned about the future of the industry.” Spronk will return to China later this month, meeting with producers to better understand how to contain ASF. Listen to the story.