Yes, we’re still talking about African Swine Fever (ASF) because it not only affects the pork industry, the poultry industry is benefitting from markets gained due to downturn in pork markets.
Rabobank in its Poultry Quarterly Q1 2020 report predicts poultry producers should see improved returns in 2020 as Asian countries lose access to pork products – all due to ASF. Rabobank expects chicken to fill the gaps in local protein markets until the pork industry recovers and as the poultry industry recovers from oversupply. They also attribute improved beef prices, stable feed prices and the reopening of US markets to China as indicators of a growing poultry markets.
ASF has now claimed greater than 50% of China swine and has spread through other parts of Asia – most recently Indonesia – and in some European countries.
The US continues to keep a watchful eye, as does Australia, with both countries taking more diligent measures at international airports. A Vietnamese woman was deported in October from Australia for failing to declare more than 4.5kg of pork in her luggage. There are even concerns about the disease entering the US through contaminated feed.
Scott Dee, Pipestone Veterinary Services director of research in Minnesota, said “I think African swine fever virus entering the United States through contaminated feed is a daily risk.”
Pork producers should continue to be diligent on their biosecurity measures throughout all portions of their operations, especially in confinement buildings.
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About Mary Auth
Raised on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois, Mary Auth understands farmers and farming. She has long been directly involved with production agriculture. Mary has been a marketing and communications consultant to various sectors in the agricultural industry for more than 40 years. She has served as a consultant for ag commodity groups, farming operations, seed organizations and agricultural legal services. When she’s not providing critical insights and perspectives to any number of ag initiatives, she enjoys traveling the globe, meeting friends old and new, and continuing learning about how people communicate. Mary is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Illinois Ag Leadership Program. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.