Once again, African swine fever dominated news in the animal feed industry in August.

1. Report: China has lost nearly half its pig herd to ASF

The global impact of a massive outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China has only just begun, according to a July report out of Rabobank in The Netherlands.


2. Mexico exports 283% more pork to China due to ASF

The Mexican newspaper El Financiero reported that “Mexican pork exports to China skyrocketed 283%, between January and June 2019, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to figures from the Mexican Meat Council (Comecarne)”.


3. Elanco to acquire Bayer’s animal health business

Elanco Animal Health has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction valued at US$7.6 billion.


4. ASF likely to change Asian livestock farming

Chinese authorities have recorded the return of African swine fever (ASF) to Hubei province.


5. Veterinarian: ASF virus likely in US, but not its pigs

There may be no confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) in the United States pig herd, but that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t already present in the United States.



6. Might feeding broilers insects affect meat quality? (blog)

Mark Clements: Interest continues to grow in the use of insects in poultry and other diets, and while studies continue apace into their nutritional value as a feed ingredient, less attention has been given to the qualities of meat derived from insect-fed broilers.


7. Europe, US better structured to handle ASF than China

New cases of African swine fever (ASF) in domestic pigs in Europe are cause for great concern, but the disease should not be as devastating to the European pork industry as it has been to date in China.


8. ASF’s impact on the feed additives industry (blog)

Ioannis Mavromichalis: Some companies have already shown indications of a fallout from the spread of the deadly disease.


9. ASF situation deteriorates in central, eastern Europe

In a further worrying development in the spread in African swine fever (ASF) across the continent of Europe, the Republic of Serbia has officially reported its first cases of the disease to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


10. China pig losses ‘critical,’ disruption to intensify

In its latest update on the global African swine fever (ASF) situation, Rabobank said hog losses in China have reached critical levels, the rest of the world’s producers cannot make up the difference, and disruption will intensify as the disease continues to spread.