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New ASF cases in 3 Asian states, Russian Far East

Philippines on high alert after increase in pig mortalities
In the past few weeks, African swine fever (ASF) has spread to new regions or returned to previously infected areas of China, Laos, Myanmar and the Far Eastern region of Russia, while the Philippines is in high alert following a sudden increase in mortality among backyard pigs.
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China’s Wen’s Food Group profit doubles in spite of ASF

Chinese pork and poultry company reports increased demand for poultry more than makes up for losses in pig operations
Despite the ongoing troubles caused by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, Chinese poultry and pork company Wen’s Food Group saw its net profit jump 50.8% for the first half of 2019.
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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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Europe, US better structured to handle ASF than China

Recent African swine fever detections in Europe are worrisome, but disease shouldn’t be as devastating there as it has been in China, economist Arlan Suderman says
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.
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WH Group profit hurt by African swine fever

Company’s first half profits down nearly 17% from a year earlier
WH Group reported a nearly 17% decline in profits in the first half of 2019, citing higher meat prices due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks that have swept across China throughout the past year.
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China lowers corn consumption forecast

Shrinking pig herd resulting from African swine fever leads to less demand for corn for animal feed.
China’s agriculture ministry has lowered its forecast on corn consumption, citing the outbreaks of African swine fever that have devastated the country throughout the past year.
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ASF likely to change Asian livestock farming

Some countries and entrepreneurs are making changes to their farming structure or businesses.
Chinese authorities have recorded the return of African swine fever (ASF) to Hubei province. Following the devastating losses to Asian pork production brought about by a year under the threat of outbreaks, some countries and entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to make changes to their farming structure or businesses.
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