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· NPPC Explains Tough Decision to Cancel World Pork Expo
… The health of the U.S. swine herd and the livelihood of American pig farmers is a top priority for NPPC. Monroe said the risk is low because of increased border control efforts and biosecurity protocols…
· NPPC addresses World Pork Expo cancellation, ASF questions
Pork Checkoff supports NPPC in "tough decision" to cancel the event.
· Taiwan: Another dead pig found on Kinmen beach confirmed infected with ASF
· S.Africa: 34 pigs killed in North West swine fever outbreak
· Cambodia: Cambodia raises concerns over swine fever outbreak
· Killer hog disease now a ‘dire situation’ in China that could lead to higher global prices
· NPPC Cancels World Pork Expo: Caution is Right Call
· US: U.S. pork industry cancels convention over African swine fever fears
· Pork Checkoff Acknowledges “Tough Decision” to Cancel World Pork Expo
NPPC Explains Tough Decision to Cancel World Pork Expo
By Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal's Pork, Editor
via AgWeb - Apr 10, 2019
When 20,000 pork producers and agricultural professionals gather together in Des Moines, Iowa, each year for the World Pork Expo, the result is nothing short of spectacular.
“It’s a really important event for us,” Jim Monroe, senior communications director at National Pork Producers Council, said on AgriTalk with host Chip Flory on Wednesday. “It’s one we enjoy hosting.”
Unfortunately, NPPC had to make a difficult decision on Wednesday to cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) spreads in China and surrounding countries.
“The fact that African swine fever is present in China’s herd just raises the risk globally for spread and one of our biggest priorities right now is to keep it out of the United States,” Monroe said. “So, while we think the risk of it spreading because of World Pork Expo is very, very remote, we still decided to exercise extreme caution and make this decision.”
The health of the U.S. swine herd and the livelihood of American pig farmers is a top priority for NPPC. Monroe said the risk is low because of increased border control efforts and biosecurity protocols
“But we can't say that the risk is zero,” he said. “We will have guests from regions of the world that are African swine fever positive.”
Flory asked why extreme measures were being put into place even though the disease is not on U.S. soils at this time.
“As you know, there is no vaccine for ASF, so containing it and eradicating it would be very challenging. It would be devastating to our farmers as it would close our export markets at a time we're already facing serious trade headwinds,” Monroe said.
More than 100 pork producers are meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC, this week for the NPPC Legislative Action Conference.
“Animal disease prevention and preparedness is at the top of the list in those discussions,” he said...
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NPPC addresses World Pork Expo cancellation, ASF questions
Pork Checkoff supports NPPC in "tough decision" to cancel the event.
Source: NPPC and NPB
via National Hog Farmer - Apr 10, 2019
Since the announcement Wednesday morning that the 2019 World Pork Expo has been canceled, the National Pork Producers Council has been fielding several questions regarding the decision and the potential for future expos to be canceled. In a recently released Frequently Asked Questions document, the NPPC has attempted to answer these as well as additional concerns about African swine fever.
ASF is not going away. What about WPX20?
That decision has not been made. As always, we’ll evaluate the event and plan accordingly.
Won’t the global ASF be worse next year?
We can’t speculate on that, but we do know that we take the next year to plan and implement additonal biosecurity measures.
Who conducted the evaluation that led to this decision?
NPPC relied on several experts, including veterinarians, an infectious disease expert, government officials, show managers and others to evaluate the situation and risks associated with holding World Pork Expo 2019.
How did input from your members influence this decision?
NPPC is a producer-led organization. Certainly, the board, principally made up of producers, listened to concerns from their fellow producers regarding ASF. Once again, the health of the U.S. swine herd and the livelihoods of the producers we represent are paramount.
Will the National Swine Registry swine show continue as planned?
Decisions for the NSR swine show are independent of those made by NPPC for WPX. The NSR hosts this event and therefore all questions surrounding the NSR show should be directed to them.
How could ASF spread to the United States?
ASF spreads through close contact with infected animals or their excretions, or through feeding uncooked contaminated meat to susceptible pigs. Given biosecurity measures at U.S. sea and airports, as well as those in place at WPX, it’s extremely unlikely that it would spread to the U.S. swine herd for reasons related to WPX.
What steps are being taken to prevent the spread ASF to the United States?
USDA is committed to protecting U.S. agriculture from ASF and other animal diseases. It collaborates closely with NPPC, the National Pork Board, the Swine Health Information Center and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd. Recent actions include coordination with Customs and Border Patrol to expand the “Beagle Brigade” by 60 new teams for a total of 179 beagle teams at key U.S. airports and sea ports, and to increase arrival screenings at key U.S. airports and sea ports, including checking cargo for illegal pork/pork products and ensuring travelers who pose an ASF risk receive secondary agricultural inspections. Additional efforts include: ramped up inspections and enforcement of garbage feeding facilities, increased producer awareness and on-farm biosecurity procedures, research on accurate and reliable testing procedures to screen for the virus in grains, feeds, additives and swine oral fluid samples and collaboration with officials in Canada and Mexico on a North American-coordinated approach to ASF defense, response and trade maintenance.
In addition to the USDA's efforts, this week the NPPC is also asking Congress to appropriate funding for 600 new U.S. CBP agriculture inspectors to further strengthen defenses against ASF.
Pork Checkoff: Caution must come first ...
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Another dead pig found on Kinmen beach confirmed infected with ASF
By Yang Shu-min and William Yen, Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Test results conducted on a pig carcass discovered in the offshore county of Kinmen Sunday came back positive for African swine fever (ASF), bringing the total number of similar cases to five, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF said Wednesday.
It was the fifth ASF case detected in pig carcasses that have washed ashore on Taiwan's outlying islands, the center noted, adding that three have been found on Kinmen and two on Matsu.
In the latest case, the carcass was found washed up on a beach in Kinmen's Jinhu Township.
Kinmen lies just six kilometers from the city of Xiamen in China's Fujian Province.
As of April 7, 118 outbreaks of ASF had been reported in 28 Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, with around 1 million pigs culled, according to data published on the website of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
As of press time, Kinmen Magistrate Yang Jhen-wu (楊鎮浯) said that while no abnormalities have been found in the six pig farms within a three-kilometer radius of the site where the carcass was found, blood samples from 20 pigs on each of the farms had been collected for testing...
34 pigs killed in North West swine fever outbreak
By Nokukhanya Mntambo, JacarandaFM (S.Africa)
April 10, 2019
Reports of an African swine fever outbreak in the North West have been confirmed.
Thirty-four pigs have died as a result.
Tests were conducted on free range pigs at Doornhoek Farm in Lichtenburg after a farmer reported the death of several pigs.
According to the Director of Veterinary services in the North West, Dr Langa Madyibi, the outbreak is confined to one farm.
"As far as we know it's been confined to that one farm. We have plans to determine the extent of the spread of the disease. There's quite a good number of farms. There's also a nature conservation close to that area so our survey in extent of finding out is going to go and cover all those areas, all those neighbouring farms and surrounding farms, together with the nature reserve."
Madyibi adds: "Our plans basically is going to be to try and contain the disease within the farm where it is. We've been to the farm, we're just going to go to ensure, through control measures, that the farm is going to be quarantined just to make sure nothing goes out of the place to carry the spread over into any other place by any chance."
The outbreak occurred outside South Africa’s control zone...
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Cambodia raises concerns over swine fever outbreak | #AsiaNewsNetwork
Eleven Media Group Co. Ltd. (Myanmar)
9 April 2019
(Phnom Penh Post/ANN) — Specialists at Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have raised concerns over African swine fever spreading from Ratanakkiri to its three border provinces – Mondulkiri, Kratie and Stung Treng.
Officials suspect that the disease may have spread to Som Trak, Som Kol and Ten villages in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district, following an outbreak of the fever in Som Thom commune’s Som Kaninh village on March 22.
The General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general Tan Phannara on Monday said suspicions arose as pig farming practices in the local family-owned operations entail allowing pigs out of their cages to forage for food and slaughtering those that died of diseases for food – unaware of the African swine fever outbreak.
The three villages have seen a series of pig deaths as in the first outbreak in Som Kaninh village. A total of 193 pigs have been bought from the people to prevent further contagion.
“What we have seen – the disease may have spread to the three villages. We are going to the villages and warning them to excise further caution due to the fever,” he said.
Phannara said this during the first National Consultative Workshop on African Swine Fever Preparedness and Response Plan, which was held by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at a hotel in Phnom Penh on Monday.
The workshop was attended by government officials, development partners and relevant parties in the pig-raising private sector.
He said the African swine fever outbreak did not result from the illegal import of Vietnamese pigs, due to the lack of a border gate in Ratanakkiri province which allows pig imports and exports.
Only three provinces – Svay Rieng, Takeo and Tbong Khmum – had pigs imported from Vietnam, but the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries previously closed off the three provinces from pig transport for nearly two months, following 29 cases of illegal pig imports from Vietnam.
According to Phannara, the reason the disease has spread to the Kingdom is...
Killer hog disease now a ‘dire situation’ in China that could lead to higher global prices
· As African swine fever continues to ravage China’s hog herd, the impact may be far worse than Beijing is conceding, according to experts.
· China’s agricultural minister said this week that African swine fever is now “under effective control” and the number of cases is slowing down.
· But some believe the killer disease is having a greater impact and could lead to significant shortages of China’s staple meat, driving up global prices of protein.
· China consumes about 28% of the world’s meat, including 49% of pork, so it’s a significant factor in the world market.
Jeff Daniels, CNBC
Apr 10 2019
As African swine fever continues to ravage China’s hog herd, the impact may be far worse than Beijing is conceding. The crisis could lead to significant shortages of the country’s staple meat and drive up global prices of protein, experts said. The situation also increasing fear among U.S. pork producers of spreading contagion.
The June lean hog futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is up more than 50% in the past month as speculators wager that China’s outbreak and apparent progress in U.S.-China trade talks will increase U.S. pork demand. China consumes about 28% of the world’s meat, including 49% of pork, so it’s a significant factor in the world market.
“Assuming China’s tariffs on U.S. pork are reduced in the not-so-distant future, U.S. pork exports could pick up considerably,” according to David Maloni, executive vice president of analytics at ArrowStream, a Chicago commodity researcher for the restaurant industry. He also wrote in a newsletter Tuesday, “Longer term we are concerned that U.S. chicken and beef exports could rise as well.”
On Tuesday, China’s agricultural minister said African swine fever is now “under effective control” and the number of cases is slowing down. The government official also was quoted by state media as insisting the production of live pigs and pork supplies is generally stable.
But not everyone agrees with that assessment and some suggest Beijing maybe under reporting the severity of the killer disease’s impact on pork supplies, to save face or perhaps maintain a position of strength during negotiations to resolve the U.S.-China trade war.
“What our people there in China find is a far different story where the disease is continuing to spread,” said Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist with INTL FCStone in Kansas City, Mo. “China just doesn’t want the rest of the world to know what the situation is.”
The economist termed it “a very dire situation” and estimates hog feeding in China has fallen at least 40% and in some larger swine producing regions plummeted more than 50% in response to the disease. He said the decline is directly attributable to infected pigs dying and producers afraid of the disease and liquidating herds to salvage some value.
“If we’re down 40%, that would mean on an annualized basis that they’ve lost more pork production capacity than what we produce in all of North and South America together on an annual basis,” said Suderman...
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NPPC Cancels World Pork Expo: Caution is Right Call
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
April 10, 2019
The National Pork Producers Council made a very difficult decision today to cancel the World Pork Expo. I applaud the U.S. pork industry for its vigilance in keeping African swine fever (ASF) out of our country and support NPPC’s move.
This isn’t the first time they’ve had to make a tough call like this. I’ll never forget when World Pork Expo was cancelled in 2001 due to a severe outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Europe. It was an eye-opening moment for me and gave me great confidence in our industry’s decisionmakers...
U.S. pork industry cancels convention over African swine fever fears
Tom Polansek, Reuters
April 10, 2019
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. pork industry canceled its annual convention on Wednesday over concerns that international attendees could bring in an incurable hog disease at a time when American farmers are already suffering from trade wars.
The decision to scrap the World Pork Expo, held by the National Pork Producers Council in Des Moines each June, signals growing fears about the spread of African swine fever in Asia. The event usually attracts about 20,000 people over three days, including visitors from China and other countries that have experienced outbreaks of the disease, according to the group.
China, home to the world’s largest hog herd, has reported more than 110 cases of African swine fever since it was first detected in the country in August 2018. There is no cure and no vaccine for the disease, which does not affect humans but is highly contagious and fatal to pigs.
The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health said on Wednesday that South Africa detected an outbreak of African swine fever, which has also been found in Vietnam and Europe.
American farmers, meat companies and government officials want to keep the disease out of the United States because cases would likely shut off export markets.
“The health of the U.S. swine herd is paramount,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a farmer from Lillington, North Carolina. “The livelihoods of our producers depend on it.”
The U.S. government has increased screenings for illegal pork products at airports and sea ports and cracked down on smuggling in an effort to keep out African swine fever.
U.S. pork producers are asking Congress to appropriate funding for another 600 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors, according to the National Pork Producers Council.
American hog farmers have been under pressure over the past year from U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and Mexico, two top U.S. pork export markets...
Pork Checkoff Acknowledges “Tough Decision” to Cancel World Pork Expo
Source: National Pork Board (NPB)
Apr 10, 2019
DES MOINES, IOWA – April 10, 2019 – The National Pork Board today offered a statement of support to the National Pork Producers Council as it took the extremely rare step to cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo scheduled June 5-7, 2019, in Des Moines.
“We completely understand that to cancel World Pork Expo is a tough decision that no one wants to make,” said Steve Rommereim, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “But when it comes to the ongoing spread of African swine fever in Asia and Europe, caution must come first. We stand by our pig-farming partners in doing anything we can to stem the spread of this disease.”
The Pork Checkoff has been helping to inform producers’ response to African swine fever since it broke in China in August 2018. The fundamental purposes of the Checkoff are swine research, producer education and pork promotion. To that end, the organization has provided comprehensive information through a dedicated foreign animal disease web page located at pork.org/fad.
Key materials on the page that every pig farmer need to know center on protecting their herd through following biosecurity principles and ensuring every pig farm has a defined Premises Identification Number, or PIN, which are fundamental to the U.S. pork industry’s Secure Pork Supply plan. Details on the Secure Pork Supply plan are at securepork.org.
“We acknowledge the relatively low risk that World Pork Expo may have posed to the introduction of African swine fever to the U.S. But any risk needs to be managed – and that is our purpose at the National Pork Board,” Rommereim said. “This is a serious global issue and we need to maintain our commitment and oversight to managing this disease spread.”
Rommereim encourages all U.S. pig farmers to review the foreign animal disease preparation checklist and biosecurity steps to take, among other materials located on pork.org/fad.
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org.