Importing cattle from Brazil poses threats to swine farms

06.03.2018

The importation of Girolando dairy cattle from Brazil may ruin the swine industry in the Philippines as it poses serious health threats. According to swine expert Dr Zoilo Lapus, the government should be aware that Brazil had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) in October 2017 and the FMD virus remains in the cattle carcass for two and a half years.

Swine farmers have expressed concern over the government’s move to import the Brazilian dairy cattle breed as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has declared Brazil FMD-free but with vaccination status. The importation is part of the Philippine government’s plan to ramp up the country’s dairy production by 2022.


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