From the Farm: African Swine Fever

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African Swine Fever — a deadly disease for hogs — has broken out in China — which has more hogs than any other nation because of consumer demand for pork.  Stu Ellis reports that has implications for the US pork industry. That’s in Monday’s From the Farm.

Stu Ellis
George Bruns works with Ag World Exports of Bloomington, a global livestock exporter, and has been closely watching the Chinese outbreak of the disease…
George Bruns
Its pretty much all over China, I think.  You know it could be pretty good for pork producers here in the states if we could send pork there.  But with the trade war, its very difficult, and I don’t know how long its going to take.  The only good thing I can say is that China will be willing to back down because they are going to need pork and they cannot get enough without getting some from us.  And so, that’s important.
Stu Ellis
Now when we talk about pork, that’s not just frozen pork that is being shipped over, its genetics.
George Bruns
Right, and you know, we could sell.  Our agent in China tells me that he could sell thousand of head of breeding stock to China, because our pigs do very well over, and we’ve sent probably 12 to 15 thousand head of breeding swine to China in the last 10 years.  And we actually out-perform the genetics from anywhere else in the world.  But we’re not going to be able to send them there, he can’t get import permits to get the pigs in there simply because of the trade war we’re having.  
Stu Ellis
We’ll have more with George Bruns about swine fever in Europe.  That’s our report from the farm, I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader

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