The devastating impact of African swine fever (ASF) on pork production in China continues to send shock waves around the world, alerting pig farmers everywhere to the enormous threat posed by the disease once it arrives in a new country.
African Swine Fever
An outbreak of the virus which has taken only 12 months to wipe out almost half of China’s pig herd – the equivalent of the EU’s entire production – is likely to occur in the UK within a year, a UK Government minister has admitted.
The present risk of African swine fever (ASF) being brought into the UK via contaminated or infected products is officially put at medium by Defra.
British pig farmers are complaining they have not benefited from the global surge in pigmeat prices created by China’s African Swine Fever (ASF) epidemic.
The risk to UK pig farms of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the country through contaminated or infected products remains “medium”, says the latest disease update from Defra.
Farmers, crofters and pig keepers have been reminded not to feed kitchen scraps to pigs.