ASF ends Latvian pig oversupply crisis

ASF ends Latvian pig oversupply crisis

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Pork prices in Latvia rose in 2017 after the strong slump in the previous years, as the first signs of shortage have been seen on the domestic pork market.

Farmers in Europe keep suffering heavy losses over ASF

Farmers in Europe keep suffering heavy losses over ASF

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The continuing epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) could incur UAH30 billion ($1.1 billion) in losses to Ukraine's pig industry over the next 15 years, the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection has said, citing estimates from the...

A tax on pig trotters, liver, brain and tongue has been cut by the Hungarian government

Hungary cuts VAT on pork offal to boost consumption

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

As part of its long-term policy to stimulate domestic consumption of pork, the Hungarian government has introduced a reduced value-added tax (VAT) on pork offal, taking it from 27% to 5%.

Countries at risk of ASF outbreaks, like Germany and Finland, have bolstered their preparedness for the disease

EU countries take measures against African swine fever

By Diana Yordanova

Cases of African swine fever (ASF) are still very common in Russia, despite the country’s continued ban on EU pork exports to the market, imposed since January 2014 following a handful of cases in Poland and Lithuania.

Miratorg has launched an internal investigation to identify the source of the infection

ASF strikes Russian meat giant Miratorg

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s largest pork producer, Miratorg, has been hit with an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) on its farm in Belgorod Oblast.

An African swine fever epidemic has piled pressure on local farms that supply pigs used to make bacon

Bacon prices skyrocket in Ukraine as pig supply nosedives

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The prices for bacon, the most popular national dish in Ukraine, have jumped 68% since January 2017 to UAH100 (US$3.70), as the population of pigs in the country's backyard farms keeps falling, according to the State Statistical Service.

Danish Crown is to welcome 260 jobs employees to the business

Rising pig supply creates 260 Danish Crown jobs

By Oscar Rousseau

Danish Crown is hiring 260 new workers months after the pork giant feared an abattoir closure was needed to ease under pressure exports hit by falling pig numbers.

One shipment of Olymel pig trotters contained traces of the banned drug ractopamine

Farmers probed as China finds banned drug in pork

By Oscar Rousseau

Canadian pork processor Olymel LP is investigating hundreds of its pork suppliers after a shipment of pig feet to China tested positive for residues of the banned growth-enhancing drug ractopamine.

Danish Crown chairman Erik Bredholt called the scheme a 'win-win' deal

Danish Crown offers more cash for pigs

By Oscar Rousseau

Danish Crown will pay extra money per kilogram of pork delivered to its abattoirs as the meat processor aims to reverse a supply decline that could hit jobs.

A quarantine zone has been set up around the pig farm in Latvia

African swine fever sparks emergency in Latvia

By Aidan Fortune

The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has declared an “emergency situation” in three regions of the country following outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

Russia is under threat from ASF

Russia: swine fever losses top one billion rubles

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the loss of pigs to African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2016, jumping 12.6 times compared to 2015 to RUB1.2 billion (US$18m), according to estimates from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. 

Experts are concerned trucks transporting live pigs to Poland could carry ASF to Denmark

ASF poses ‘very serious risk’ to Denmark

By Oscar Rousseau

African swine fever (ASF) is a pig farmer’s worst nightmare and as the virus rages in Poland, experts warn even a small outbreak could cost Denmark’s pork industry around €300m in losses.

Danish piglet exports are expected to break the 13m mark this year

Denmark braced for record-breaking piglet exports

By Oscar Rousseau

Denmark may hit a record 13 million (m) piglet exports when 2016 draws to an end, according to Frank Oland, chief economist at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, who spoke at the Herning Congress in Denmark on 25 October.

Southern Russia has only had one outbreak of African swine fever since 2012

Southern Russia recovering from AFS epidemic

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The pig count in Krasnodar Krai, south Russia, has risen by nearly a fifth after officials tackled an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF), the state’s regional statistical service reports.

The FAO warns African swine fever could become a pan-European problem

Eastern Europe continues ASF struggle

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread into new territories in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia, threatening the stability of the pig industry in these countries, according to reports from local veterinarians. 

The pig farmer has lost his entire pork livestock to African swine fever, according to the OIE

Ukraine hit with African swine fever

By Oscar Rousseau

A farm in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine has had to slaughter more than a dozen pigs after the African swine fever (ASF) disease was detected by health officials this week. 

The pork analyst confirmed Russia is aiming for pork self-sufficiency by 2020

Q&A with AHDB Pork analyst

By Oscar Rousseau

Global pork prices are at their lowest levels in nearly eight years, according to a report from the UK levy board AHDB Pork. 

Shipping city of Primorsky Krai is seen as a promising area for investment

Russia creates pork hub to target China

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Two Russian companies plan to create a pig breeding cluster in the far east of the country within the next five years, designed to have a capacity for 1.2 million head of pigs, with an investment of RUB72 billion (US$954m). 

African swine fever is now present in nearly a third of Estonia

Significant drop in pig population forecast for Estonia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Pig farming in Estonia is facing tough challenges, due to African swine fever (ASF), irrational moves by the country’s veterinary authorities and a negative market outlook, according to market participants.

Earlier this year, Cherkizovo also said it would invest 14.4bn rubles (US$336m) in a huge pig facility in the Voronezh and Lipetsk Oblasts

Cherkizovo announces huge pig breeding project

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo is to invest 5.6 billion rubles ($85m) in the construction of seven pig farms in Russia's Penza Oblast, designed to produce 58,000 tonnes (t) of pork a year.

Slaughter of organic pigs to rise by 50% in next three years

Organic pork sees Danish growth

By Poorna Rodrigo

Danish pig farmers are keen to switch to organic production in 2015, motivated by higher available prices compared to conventional products, fuelled by growing domestic demand for pig meat, a Danish government body is claiming. 

Ukrainian farmers have smuggled pigs to other regions to stop them being destroyed

New ASF outbreaks in Ukraine may pose a threat to Balkans

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been discovered in a farm in the Cherkasy Oblast in central Ukraine, following a large-scale inspection by the country’s veterinary body Gosvetphitosluzba. This is the latest in a series of outbreaks in...

Warnings over African swine fever have been issued by the Ukraine State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service

New ASF outbreaks raise concerns over future of Ukraine pig industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Meat industry executives in Ukraine have warned that African swine fever is posing a serious threat to the country’s pig industry, following the discovery of several new outbreaks of the disease, including in the Sumy, Poltava, Odessa and Mykolaiv Oblasts. 

Approval for the Belgian Pork Group which will combine producers Westvlees and Covalis has been granted

Farmers welcome Belgian Pork Group

By Aidan Fortune

Belgian pork farmers have given their approval to a deal that has seen two of the biggest pig producers in the country join forces.

Quarantine and pig culling as a result of the outbreak will hit Ukrainian companies hard

Largest African swine fever outbreak to hit Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is considering banning pork and pork product imports from Ukraine following a large-scale outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Kiev Oblast, according to the press secretary of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

SEGES/VSP is currently developing a new pig welfare course for stockpersons

Denmark reports on pig welfare progress

By Georgi Gyton

Significant progress has been made in meeting the agreements concluded at last year’s Pig Welfare Summit in Denmark, according to chairman of the Danish Pig Research Centre (DPRC) Erik Larsen.

ICA said it had been unaware of this inhumane practice

Swedish supermarkets threaten ban against Danish pork

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Swedish supermarkets, led by major chain the ICA Group, are threatening to suspend imports of Danish pork following reports by animal rights organisations complaining about the culling of up to 500,000 under-weight newborn piglets, weighing less than...

Overall, Danish meat producers slaughtered 254,461 fewer pigs in 2014 than the previous year

Danish pig slaughtering declines in 2014

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

Denmark slaughtered around 250,000 fewer pigs in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new data from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC/Landbrug & Fødevarer) based on figures supplied by the Danish Pig Producers association (DPP/Danske Svineproducenter).

An outbreak was discovered at the Orelselprom pork complex

Cherkizovo suffers ASF outbreak

By Georgi Gyton

African swine fever (ASF) has been discovered at two of Cherkizovo’s pig fattening facilities in Russia.


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