Taiwanese black pigs don’t eat feed
Taiwan’s native black pigs do not eat commercial feed. They eat only kitchen waste, according to Taiwanese black pig producers. They say the government does not understand this.
On Taiwan, facing a serious threat of the African swine fever now out of control on the Chinese mainland, only the new female Yunlin county magistrate of the Kuomintang has ordered a stop to the use of kitchen waste to feed hogs.
Taiwan produces 650,000 tons of kitchen waste, 68% or 440,000 tons are cooked kitchen waste that are used to feed hogs, 200,000 tons of raw kitchen waste are used for compost, and the rest is used as a biomass source for power generation.
Dead hogs land on beach!
Yeah, a dead hog washed onto the beach near the fresh water reservoir in Tienpu, Chinsha Township, Quemoy, on December 31, 2018. On January 2, 2019, it tested positive for the African swine fever.
Quemoy health authorities have quarantined a 5-km radius and disinfected one vehicle and all personnel who took part in retrieval of the dead hog. However, the origin of the dead hog has not been confirmed. Most likely, it floated with the debris that landed on that part of the beach.
Quemoy has 77 hog farms and 11,000 head of hogs.
The Taiwanese navy has been ordered to hunt for any floating dead hogs.
The fact that the dead hog was found near a pile of floating debris that landed on that part of the beach indicates the dead hog may have been a sick hog affected by the African swine fever on the Chinese mainland.
On January 4, 2019, another floating dead hog was discovered on Quemoy’s Hsiaochiu Island. Only some 20 residents occupy the island and there is no hog farm on the island. The dead hog was determined to have floated from the Chinese mainland.
Both cases indicate that the African swine fever epidemic on the Chinese mainland is far worse than reported and far more widespread than is being reported.