Outbreaks of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) starting in Sept. 2018 and continuing through the first half of 2019 slowed down Japan’s domestic pork output. CSF was detected on Sept. 9, 2018, for the first time since 1992 on a hog farm in Gifu Prefecture.
As of July 31, 34 CSF cases have been reported in Japan’s domesticated hog population across seven prefectures in the region, located in central Japan, relatively far from the major production areas. About 113,000 hogs have been culled as a result of CSF detections in the first seven months of 2019, representing around 1.2% of the total hog population.
In the August USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, FAS/Tokyo estimates that higher losses in 2019 will reduce overall slaughter compared to the previous year. To help stop CSF, producers in these areas are encouraged to voluntarily conduct a full cleaning of the operation site by slaughtering all on-farm hogs at the same time, regardless of weight, the report said.
“Assuming CSF does not expand further in 2019, FAS/Tokyo projects total slaughter and pork production to increase slightly in 2020,” the report said.
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