Livestock

China's Changing Pork Needs: It's Time to Differentiate

We enter 2020 with a host of unusual and unpredictable events. In other words, there is huge opportunity for those who can read the signs of the times. For example, the $717-million trade deal between JBS SA in Brazil and China’s WH Group (parent company of Smithfield Foods in the U.S.) should open tens of thousands of direct marketing opportunities in WH’s established points of sale in China. It will move pork as well as beef and chicken across...

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How Long Does African Swine Fever Live in Feed?

The science on viral transmission through feed and feedstuffs is relatively young, but research in the past year has yielded some interesting and useful information. New research improves upon current understanding of how the deadly African swine fever (ASF) virus survives in feed. Research shows it lasts much longer than scientists originally thought. Earlier studies evaluated the half-life of Senecavirus A (SVA). The half-life is the amount of time that it takes for half of a virus that may be contaminating feed...

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U.S. Pork Exports Hit Record Levels in 2019

U.S. pork exports posted new volume and value records in 2019, reaching nearly $7 billion, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), a release from the federation says. Pork exports were up 34% year-over-year, reaching 282,145 metric tons (mt) in December, passing the previous record set in November 2019 by 9%. Export value was $760 million, which is up 44% from a year ago, and breaking the previous record, also set in...

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ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm Near You?

As much as the US pork industry hopes African swine fever (ASF) won’t enter the country, the challenge is formidable. An enormous number of food products are confiscated every day at the border, and the number of people traveling to the US from infected countries continues to grow. Both scenarios create a constant threat, but the enduring goal is to keep the virus out of US pork operations. “It’s each country’s responsibility to control ASF,” says Juan LuBroth, DVM, Chief...

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China Commits to $100-Million Pork Purchase from Danish Crown

To help ease its domestic pork shortage, China’s state-owned agriculture conglomerate COFCO has agreed to buy $100 million of pork from European pork producer Danish Crown in 2020. On Wednesday, COFCO said in a statement that the purchase would help the country diversify the origins of its imports and product variety while making purchases more sustainable, Reuters reports. The companies signed a preliminary purchase agreement during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. Although no volumes have been agreed upon yet, Lars Albertsen, sales...

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