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·         RPT-ANALYSIS-African swine fever inflicts renewed toll on northern China's hog herd

… this year has wiped out at least 20% of the breeding herd…

·         Industrial Hog Complexes in China Aren’t Bullet-Proof to Disease

… this ‘solution’ has now become the problem,” Global Agri-Trends told Pro Farmer. “These large complexes each house an enormous number of animals and have concentrated the disease spread problem. As a result, the disease has swept right through these large complexes”…

 

 

RPT-ANALYSIS-African swine fever inflicts renewed toll on northern China's hog herd

 

By Dominique Patton, Reuters

Apr 1, 2021

 

BEIJING, April 1 (Reuters) - A wave of African swine fever outbreaks this year has wiped out at least 20% of the breeding herd in northern China, industry sources and analysts said, exceeding expected losses and raising fears about the potential for further impact in the south.

 

The estimates point to the extent of the disease’s resurgence in the first quarter of 2021 after more than a year of declining outbreaks, heralding a significant setback to China’s efforts to replenish its hog herds after African swine fever reached the country in August 2018 and wiped out 50% of the country’s pigs within a year.

 

The virus’ impact slowed by late 2019 as pig numbers fell and large producers learned to minimise its spread by removing infected pigs from herds early, a process the industry calls “tooth extraction”.

 

But an exceptionally cold winter, a higher density of pigs following a year of restocking, and new strains of swine fever triggered a fresh wave of outbreaks across the northeast, northern China and Henan province, the country’s third-biggest hog producing province.

 

“At least 20% of the herd was affected, maybe even 25%” in the northern and northeastern Chinese provinces because of outbreaks during the first quarter, said Jan Cortenbach, chief technical officer at feed maker Wellhope-De Heus Animal Nutrition.

 

Henan lost between 20% and 30% of its breeding sows, a report by Founder Cifco Futures said on Monday, adding the damage could be “irreversible”...

 

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PIGLET PRICES RISE ...

 

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Industrial Hog Complexes in China Aren’t Bullet-Proof to Disease

 

By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

March 12, 2021

 

Reports of new African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in China are on the rise, in addition to other diseases. Pro Farmer reported on Friday that these diseases are sweeping through the new industrial hog super complexes that have replaced smaller family operations throughout China.

 

“These facilities were once thought to be bullet-proof, disease protection wise. But this ‘solution’ has now become the problem,” Global Agri-Trends told Pro Farmer. “These large complexes each house an enormous number of animals and have concentrated the disease spread problem. As a result, the disease has swept right through these large complexes.”

 

The end result of this influx of disease is lower carcass weights and smaller litters. Chinese hog production and the Chinese sow herd are being challenged even more than analysts predicted...

 

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