ASF wipes the Myrgorod pig breed out of existence
Vladislav Vorotnikov, Pig Progress
Dec 3, 2018
At least 2 pig breeds have ceased to exist in Ukraine due to the continuing spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in the country.
That message was shared by Nikolay Berezovsky, member of the Ukrainian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
All farms with large black breeds as well as the entire Myrgorod breed have been destroyed over the past few years, the result being that both breeds can no longer be found in Ukraine, according to Mr Berezovsky. The disappearance of the Myrgorod breed is especially discouraging, as it was one of the 1st breeds developed by Ukraine scientists, Mr Berezovsky added.
Myrgorod pig breeds outside Ukraine?
While the large black is a common breed in many countries, there is no information whether or not the Myrgorod breed could be found anywhere outside Ukraine.
In an earlier stage, it was reported that National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine lost all 4 pig farms under its ownership due to the ASF. Dekabrystiv Experimental Farm, the only breeding farm in the country housing the Myrgorod breed, was among them. A total of 100% of the genetic potential of the breed was concentrated in that farm, including 6 boar lines and 12 families of sows, according to official government information.
Lack of cured pork fat
There is a real threat that Ukraine is facing a shortage of cured pork fat on the domestic market, said Alexander Tserenyuk, director of the livestock institute of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the local news medium Time Ukraine. Historically, cured pork fat has been a popular dish in Ukraine.
Both the large black breed as well as the Myrgorod breed were grown primarily for the production of the cured pork fat, Mr Tserenyuk said.
There are many different breeds left in the Ukraine pork industry, but some of them may be also under pressure from ASF. To this end, state aid would be necessary, aimed at preservation of breeds having a small population size, Mr Tserenyuk added.
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