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·         First German swine fever cases on farms could complicate import ban talks

·         African Swine Fever Spreads From Wild Boar to German Farm Pigs for First Time



First German swine fever cases on farms could complicate import ban talks


Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Jane Merriman, Reuters

July 16, 2021


HAMBURG, July 16 (Reuters) - The discovery on Friday of the first cases of African swine fever (ASF) in farm pigs in Germany could make negotiations about lifting existing import bans with China and other major buyers more difficult, but no major impact on the German pork market is immediately expected, experts said.


ASF was confirmed on farm animals Germany for the first time on Friday on two small farms in the eastern Brandenburg area where 1,267 cases have been found in wild boar.


This is not expected to have a major market impact as German pork exports are already subject to bans from many importers outside the EU, the experts said.


China and many other buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after the first ASF case was confirmed in wild animals, but German pork sales to the EU continue.


“The discovery of ASF on a German farm does not really change the overall situation much with import bans already in place by China and other importers,” said Justin Sherrard, Global Strategist Animal Protein at Rabobank. “They cannot restrict trade further which is already stopped.”


“I do not expect any market impact from this,” said Torsten Staack, CEO of German pig farmers’ association ISN...





African Swine Fever Spreads From Wild Boar to German Farm Pigs for First Time


o   Disease had previously been confined to wild boar near Poland

o   Discovery may be blow in bid to reopen pork export markets


By Megan Durisin and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg 

July 16, 2021


Germany confirmed cases of African swine fever at two pig farms, the first time the disease has spread from wild boars in the country and a potential further blow to exports from Europe’s top producer.


ASF -- which is deadly to pigs -- was found in Brandenburg near the Polish border. About 200 animals will be culled at two locations after a laboratory confirmed the cases, Brandenburg’s consumer protection ministry said. Veterinary authorities are on site to try to contain the outbreak.


The disease remains a significant distance from the northwest, where the country’s pig farming is concentrated. But it could prove a setback for Germany’s bid to revive pork exports. Numerous importers shunned its meat after an outbreak began in wild boar last year, leaving supply piling up in Europe. While some have since reopened, German pork remains shut out of China, the world’s top consumer.


It’s difficult to gauge how buyers may react to the farm reports, but “it’s no question that it’s not helpful,” said Tim Koch, a livestock analyst at agricultural market information provider AMI in Bonn. Trade with countries that have agreed only regional limits on German pork is still possible, although further restrictions from importers can’t be ruled out, a spokeswoman for Germany’s agriculture ministry said by email.


Traders might seek discounts on German supply, said Justin Sherrard, an animal-protein strategist at Rabobank. And some countries already limiting purchases may delay their return, said Udo Hemmerling, deputy secretary general at farmers union DBV...


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