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Wednesday 19th March 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


How Can African Swine Fever be Controlled in EU?

A European report into ways of controlling African swine fever in wild boar and preventing the disease infecting the European pig herd is inconclusive.

The European Food Safety Authority report finds that both hunting and artificial feeding methods would not be effective in controlling the disease, which has spread from Russia into Poland and Lithuania.

The report calls for a feasibility study into fencing as a control method.

However, according to FAO data, there are about 4,500,000 wild boars in the European Union.

These data show that the wild boar population density is 10 times higher in the Central European countries than in Russia so the risk of virus spreading rapidly is higher too.

And this latest report from EFSA says that the scientific literature on hunting and trapping of wild boar revealed that hunting and trapping has never achieved a drastic reduction in a wild boar population in Europe. Depopulation efforts can lead to adaptive behaviour of the hunted wild boar, compensatory growth of the population and the influx of wild boar from adjacent areas.

The report adds that wild boar density thresholds for introduction, spread and persistence of African swine fever in the wild boar populations are impossible to establish.

This is due to the uncertainty on the extent of the spread and maintenance of African swine fever in wild boar populations, the bias in population datasets and the complex population structures and dynamics.

If depopulation attempts were to be undertaken, these can even increase transmission and facilitate progressive geographical spread of the disease, the report says.

Meanwhile, a report from the pig genetics com-any Genesus says that the whole EU has been destabilised by the Russian ban on pig meat exports, which affects 24 per cent of the total exports of the EU - about four per cent of total production.

It adds that negotiations between Russia and the EU have not progressed and frozen stock in the EU is increasing, while Russia’s stores are emptying.

“Depending on the degree of dependence on the Russian market and the resilience of each internal market hog prices in the EU are down or trying to stabilise on this particular roller coaster,” says the Genesus report.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Australian Pig Meat: Outlook to 2018-19
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Company News

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Market Reports

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USDA International Egg and Poultry: Brazil Poultry Situation
USDA GAIN: Japan Livestock and Products Semi-annual 2014
USDA GAIN: Malaysia Broiler Meat Sector
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Global Meat Industry News

   European Union

Doubts over Safety of Brazilian Poultry Products
New Board Announced for Vion Food Group
Report Finds African Swine Fever Spread Hard to Control in Wild Boar


Canada-S Korea Trade Agreement Welcomed by Manitoba Pork Producers
Canada Korea FTA to Reverse Declining Pork Exports
Canada-Korea Trade Agreement Good News for Fisheries, Agriculture


Brazilian Cattle Prices Recovering
Mixed Prospects for Brazilian Agri-food Sectors in 2014
Brazilian Pork Exports Dropped in Volume, Value in February
Brazil's Halal Chickens Meet Approval in Pakistan
Five Brazilian Poultry Plants Win Export Licences to China


Fewer Dutch Pigs Castrated

   United Kingdom

Rural Energy Secures Biomass Deal for Bernard Matthews
Updated Animal Health Surveillance Announced
Abattoirs Found Effective at Battling Pathogens
Seafish to Provide Healthy Eating Pack to Primary Schools
UK Meat Consumption in Decline
Dawn Meats Wins Environmental Impact Award
Snowbird Backs British
Multi-million-pound Deal for Norfolk Free-range Chicken Company
Fewer Breeding Pigs, More Cows in England's Livestock Census

   United States

US Beef Exports Imports Down in January
Taking a Closer Look at the Impact of PEDV
Growth in Cattle Weights Compensates Fall in US Herd Numbers
Hog Futures Continue on Record Highs
Early-season Rally for Pork Values
Antibiotics Endgame to be Explored by Summit Panel
Seaboard Gets Approval for Expansion of Hog Feeding Operation
Texas Tech Scientist Raises Concern of Using Beta Agonists in Beef Cattle
Animal Feed Company Executives Charged with Accounting Fraud
Living Near Pigs Increases Risk of Antibiotic-resistant Infection
2013 Banner Year for US Meat Demand
Nebraska Report Examines Crop, Livestock Strengths


Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Calls for Public Views
Russia to Meet with EU over Resumption of Pig Meat Trade

   New Zealand

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Board Elects New Chairman


Bird Flu Reduces Chinese Chicken Production
Shuanghui Invests in Nanning Pig Project
Pigs Linked to Human Disease


France Moves Towards Simplified Digital Procedures for Cattle Movements
French Chefs Cook up Top Recipes with Quality Standard Beef

   Hong Kong

Michelin-starred Chef Kicks off Hong Kong Beef Promotion


Pakistan Set to Export Poultry Meat to Saudi Arabia


Russian Ban Cuts Third Off Paraguayan Beef Revenues


New President for Tyson Mexico


Early Settlement Expected in Bahrain's Chicken Dispute


Russian Pig Meat Ban Destabilising EU Market


PED Blamed for High Pork Prices in Taiwan


Drop in Profits for Jamaica Broilers


Thermostabiity of Salmonella in Dried Egg White Investigated


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