The recent widespread outbreak of African swine fever in China has brought a whole new resolve to improve biosecurity, said Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation during AgriTalk with Chip Flory.
Although most pigs are housed in climate-controlled barns today, extreme winter weather conditions can take their toll. Watch for changes in your pigs' behavior to know if the cold temperatures are taking a toll.
If China purchases at least 350,000 tons of U.S. pork each year for five years, the total deal would be worth approximately $3.5 billion in sales, estimates Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University economist.
More than 45 groups representing the diverse U.S. economy joined the National Pork Producers Council, calling for an end to U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican aluminum and steel so the U.S. can benefit from USMCA.
2018 was a record-breaking year for U.S. pork exports to South Korea. The current environment is very different, as Korea’s pork production edged higher last year and imports increased from foreign suppliers.
Pigs from the central Alberta farm reporting the province’s first PED outbreak might be sent to market in the U.S., after local Canadian farmers voice concern about the disease contaminating slaughter sites.