Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Vietnam has devastating swine fever losses

Vietnam has lost 1.7 million hogs to African Swine Fever, including 500,000 culled in the last two weeks.

The death toll has taken five per cent of Vietnam’s hog population in just three months. The disease has hit in 42 of the country’s 63 provinces.

In next-door China, African Swine Fever has claimed 20 per cent of the country’s hog population since the first case in August.

China is the world’s largest hog producer and a Chinese company, WH Group, owns Smithfield Foods, the largest hog-producing and pork-packing company in North America.