ASF will never be eliminated in China, says swine consultant

Some large companies lost 100% of their sows last winter to the disease.

 

By Betsy Freese, Successful Farming

Agriculture.com - 4/27/2021

 

African swine fever (ASF) is still a huge problem in China and will never be eliminated, says Michael Ellermann, a professional swine consultant with Danish company Aspire Agritech Consulting. Ellermann is based in China, where he works with clients on training, farm management, and new farm development. He spoke at the Carthage Spring Swine Symposium today.

 

Boots on the ground report

 

Here is a summary of the ASF situation in China as of January 2021. (The numbers are even worse today, says Ellermann.)

 

East China: Some areas seriously infected with about 50% lost. Some companies in Jiangsu province lost 70% to 100% of sows.

 

Northeast China: Large-scale farms in intensive breeding area were mainly infected…

 

North China: About 20% of sows infected…

 

Central China: Henan province seriously infected, with about 50%...

 

South China …

 

Southwest China

 

Vaccine strains to blame …

 

Test and remove …

 

Still profitable …

 

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