China's ban on imports from Germany, its third largest supplier, comes as the world's top meat buyer faces a pork shortage of its own caused by a massive decline in hog numbers due to African swine fever.
Knowing how ASF is transmitted has helped practitioners in China institute a test-and-removal strategy for effectively managing ASF spread. Swine veterinarians Joe Connor and Keith Erlandson share their perspectives.
U.S. lean hog futures dropped by as much as the daily trading limit on Thursday. The rising tensions between Washington and Beijing could limit U.S. pork purchases by China, the world’s largest consumer of pork.
New Hope Group, one of China's biggest pig breeders, expects the country's hog output to recover from last year's disease epidemic by 2021, while prices will start to fall after a rush of new entrants into pig farming.