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Vietnam says ASF vaccine is near, but experts are skeptical

Small-scale testing appears successful, but much more research and larger-scale trials are needed
Vietnam said on Tuesday that a vaccine developed at the National University of Agriculture has shown initial success in fighting African swine fever (ASF), but experts are skeptical and say much more research is needed.
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Cargill to acquire swine feed producer in Brazil

The acquisition of Beckers Indústria de Nutrição Animal Ltda. will strengthen Cargill’s position in Brazil’s swine nutrition sector
The transaction should be completed in the coming weeks, depending on the regulatory approvals of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE).
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Feed industry expanded in 2018, but growth across species was uneven

Poultry and aquaculture post gains, while pigs and cattle struggle with disease and fickle consumer trends
Poultry and aquaculture feed production continue to lead the pack, while swine producers struggle with outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) and ruminants — especially beef cattle producers — contend with shifting consumer preferences.
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Laos reports first cases of African swine fever

And research around development of a vaccine against the disease is promising
Research has revealed a promising new approach for the development of a vaccine against African swine fever (ASF) for pigs. While no outbreaks of ASF affecting commercial pig herds in any country have been officially reported in the past week, there have been further cases among village herds in Romania and Vietnam, and the disease has spread to Laos.
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South Korea raises ASF preparedness level

New outbreaks of African swine fever reported in several countries
Although no cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been detected in the country, South Korea has introduced new measures to prevent spread of the disease from North Korea. New outbreaks have been reported in domestic pigs in Romania, South Africa, and Vietnam, as well as among the wild boar population in Europe.
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