Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Session on African Swine Fever Concludes USMEF Spring Conference
DENVER, CO – May 28, 2019 – On May 24, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its Spring Conference and Board of Directors Meeting with a panel discussion on the global trade impact of African swine fever (ASF), which was first detected in China in August of last year and has recently spread into some other Asian nations.
Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, says the Chinese government estimates that the country’s hog inventory is down more than 20% due to ASF, but he cautions that it is difficult to obtain accurate data in China on both pork production and consumption. This is due in part to the fact that China still has more than 25 million hog producers spread widely across the country.
ASF was also recently confirmed in Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Haggard notes that pork consumption in Vietnam has been significantly impacted by ASF, especially in the southern region near Ho Chi Minh City.
More details from the ASF panel discussion and other USMEF Spring Conference sessions are available at www.usmef.org.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.
Submitted to the BARN by:
Vice President, Communications
U.S. Meat Export Federation