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Will the ‘anti-vaxxers' demand vaccine-free poultry?

Claims such as antibiotic free and hormone free are increasingly used by poultry marketers, confusing consumers with multitude of label messages, is vaccine free next?
What happens when our anti-vaxxer consumer becomes concerned with the idea that a vaccine may give chicken, hog, or cattle some sort of permanent health issues, like the ones they claim can result from human vaccination?
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China pig losses ‘critical,’ disruption to intensify

Rabobank report says the rest of the world’s protein producers cannot fill the gap caused by African swine fever
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.
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ASF situation deteriorates in central, eastern Europe

Disease continues to spread across Europe, as well as in South Africa
In recent weeks, African swine fever (ASF) has been reported for the first time in Serbia, and the disease in spreading in domestic pigs in Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Two new outbreaks have also been recorded in South Africa.
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ASF and the trade of genetics, consultants and feeds

There is an underground movement to eschew animals, people and products that have been in ASF-affected areas, but everything remains rather hushed for the moment.
Perhaps it is an overreaction. Perhaps it is an opportunity to cut back on costs. Perhaps it is neither or both, but I have heard of cases where major pig producers are keeping growing-finishing gilts back for breeding as they decided to stop bringing in new genetic stock in fear of introducing the African swine fever (ASF) virus to their herds.
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ASF’s impact on the feed additives industry

Some companies have already shown indications of a fallout from the spread of the deadly disease.
Another victim of the African swine fever (ASF) virus that is wiping out a huge chunk of the global pig industry, with no sign it has peaked, is the feed additives industry. Unlike previous years when this industry made tremendous gains by siding with the movement to reduce antibiotic usage in the animal industry, there appears very little role left for it to play in the crisis.
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Elanco acquires swine vaccine company Prevtec Microbia

Deal supports Elanco’s efforts to build swine portfolio, deliver antibiotic alternatives
Elanco Animal Health Inc. has acquired Montreal-based Prevtec Microbia Inc., a biotechnology startup specializing in the development of vaccines that help prevent bacterial diseases in food animals.
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African swine fever spreads in Southeast Asia

Northernmost province of Laos sees first outbreak
Since the Chinese authorities reported the first cases of African swine fever (ASF) in Liaoning province in August 2018, the disease has spread widely within China, and to other states in Asia — Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar and Vietnam — as well as to Europe and South Africa.
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Slovakia records first cases of African swine fever

Additional outbreaks reported across Europe
While the central European state of Slovakia has confirmed its first ever cases of African swine fever (ASF), there have been reports of confirmed new outbreaks among domestic pigs in Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.
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