In a March 11 report, the U.S. agricultural attache to China forecasted a 13 percent reduction in the country’s swine herd to 374 million animals by the end of 2019 from 428 million at the start of the year.
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USDA expects smaller ASF impact on China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a far more conservative estimate of the carnage that African swine fever has caused to China’s hog herd than most agricultural analysts and economists. In a March 11 report, the U.S. agricultural attache to China forecasted a 13 percent reduction in the country’s swine herd to 374 million animals […] Read more

World Pork Expo is held each June in Des Moines, Iowa, hosting about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from parts of the world where African swine fever has been found.  |  File photo

African swine fever cancels World Pork Expo

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more

Wild boar that escaped from farms and now run wild across the Prairies could become a way for African swine fever to spread to the domestic herd.  |  File photo

Feral pigs, wild boar pose African swine fever threat

Pigs do great in Canada. The problem is, it’s not just pigs in barns that do great. “They don’t just survive up here, they thrive,” Red Deer swine veterinarian Egan Brockhoff said about wild pigs, of which there are many in Canada. Across North America there are millions. Wild pigs and wild boars — two […] Read more


Market observers estimate that it will be five to seven years before China can rebuild its hog herd and restore the traditional import balance.  |  Reuters photo

African swine fever to upend markets

China is expected to import far fewer soybeans in the future as the pork sector declines and purchase much more meat

African swine fever will “shake up the basket” of global agricultural trade for years to come, says an industry analyst. Arlan Suderman, chief commodities analyst with INTL FCStone, said his contacts in China tell him hog feeding is down 40 percent. The contacts include INTL FCStone staff on the ground as well as Chinese feed […] Read more

China’s African swine fever outbreak is expected to have a global impact on the meat trade.  |  Reuters/Jordan Gale photo

African swine fever threat hangs over industry

China’s sow numbers are estimated to be down 15 percent, which could force it to look for alternative protein sources

RED DEER — The calamity of African swine fever in China could completely change the global protein structure. Millions of pigs have died from the fatal virus so China will begin a multi-year surge of pork imports and probably beef and poultry as well to fill demand and replace lost production. Chinese meat prices will […] Read more


Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue have talked about the potential threat of African swine fever to the North American hog industry.  |  Robert Arnason photos

Canadian, U.S. officials keep watch for African swine fever

WASHINGTON, D.C. — African swine fever is a top of mind concern for Canada’s agriculture minister. Lawrence MacAulay has discussed the disease and the potential threat to North America’s hog industry on a couple of occasions with United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “We have to realize it’s in China, it’s in Vietnam, it’s right […] Read more

Shutting down small hog operations in China and moving production to large corporate farms could result in a herd reduction that is the equivalent of almost the entire herd in the United States, This would drastically affect supply in the Asian country and in markets such as this one in Beijing.  | REUTERS/Jason Lee photo

Hog disease may change everything

Analysts think African swine fever could decimate China’s hog herd, forcing it to significantly increase meat imports

African swine fever is about to unleash the most profound changes in meat and feedgrain markets that farmers will see in their lifetime, says a market analyst. Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors, said a “pandemic of infection” in China is going to lead to surging demand and prices for North American meat products. […] Read more

Workers in protective suits are seen at a pork processing plant in Zhengzhou, China, in August following a discovery of pigs infected by African swine fever. The disease has been spreading around the world, and Canadian producers are warned to be vigilant.  |  Reuters photo

African swine fever could be tough to control

A European veterinarian says biosecurity includes strong perimeter fences around hog farms, which are rare in Canada

RED DEER — African swine fever is not likely to strike Canadian hog farms but if the deadly disease should appear, it could be uncontrollable. “Canada is no more at risk than it ever has been,” said Dr. John Carr, a European veterinary swine specialist. The greatest threat could be at the borders where security […] Read more


The African swine fever began in the country of Georgia for 10 years and has been spreading in all directions ever since, risking wild herd infection. |  Reuters/kacper pempel photo

Pig disease runs amok, wild

A virus that is “probably the worst disease we have on this planet” for pigs is seeping into central Europe, spreading across Russia’s central Asian expanses and on the threshold of breaking into China. African Swine Fever (ASF) could devastate some of the world’s most important pig herds and provide Canada’s industry with market opportunities. […] Read more