African swine fever breaks out on Potchefstroom farm

The North West department of agriculture and rural development has confirmed a major outbreak of African swine fever on a farm in Potchefstroom.

It’s understood the infection was first detected among 18 pigs last month, however, the department says that by the end of March over 2,000 pigs on the farm have died while dozens of others were severely ill.

The farm, which boasts over 12,000 -15,000 animals and exports pigs, has since been placed under quarantine.