Many are already familar with African swine fever (ASF) and its impact on pig prices around the world. But what is it, are we at risk in Ireland and what can we do about it?

At present, the disease is mainly affecting pig herds in China, Vietnam and other countries throughout East and Southeast Asia, but it is also occuring much closer to home, spreading throughout wild boar populations in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Sardinia, with an isolated case occuring in Belgium in 2018. The latest European worry is its presence in Poland, very close to the German border.