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How Spain eradicated ASF and expanded markets

The containment and subsequent eradication of African swine fever by authorities and swine farmers, as well as the opening of exports, make Spain a world reference.
The international director of Interporc in Madrid explains how Spain controlled the ASF outbreak from 1970's and is an example for other countries in the matter.
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Report: ASF already causing drop in animal feed demand

Prices for milk permeate and dry whey have dropped 20-50 percent since February, analysts say
Pig losses in China have caused demand for dairy-derived animal feed ingredients to plummet in recent months, according to a May report. Thanks to the ongoing trade war, imports from the U.S. have been hit particularly hard.
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Add value to piglet diets with molasses

Molasses is a unique ingredient that can add tremendous value into piglet feeds, if only users knew its potential and handling properties.
Molasses, either from sugar beets or sugar cane, is a common enough ingredient throughout most of the world. In fact, it is an indispensable ingredient in ruminant diets, and perhaps this widespread usage has removed it from feeds for other species – pigs in particular.
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Americas prepare for African swine fever outbreak

Invite-only event will bring together industry leaders and government officials to discuss the risk of ASF
An invite-only forum will bring industry professionals and government officials together in the hopes of creating a plan in the event of an ASF outbreak in the Americas.
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Expert: African swine fever will change face of animal ag

Joe Kerns uses the EIC Forum to address African swine fever and how it will continue to impact the global meat market for as far any prediction may indicate.
With no signs of a solution, ASF will continue to demand the attention of the global meat market for as far as any statistical information would indicate.
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Modern growth performance targets for piglets

Having a set of growth performance targets for piglets can be handy for many functions in a piglet farm, if only to arrange for correct feed delivery orders.
The success or failure of any piglet nutrition program depends on the degree to which it reaches its targets in terms of growth performance, which often is used as an indicator of profitability under intensive production conditions.
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Vietnam sets up new African swine fever task force

Deadly pig disease returns to Moldova
African swine fever (ASF) has made an alarming jump in Vietnam, causing the first outbreak in a centrally located province while also continuing its spread in the north. The disease has also returned to Moldova, and the virus has infected more European wild boar.
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EU countries continue to report new cases of ASF

China sees decline in number of African swine fever cases
Chinese sources report no new cases of African swine fever (ASF) during the past week, but the disease has been officially recorded in the wild boar populations in Belgium, Poland and Romania, and domestic pigs in Ukraine.
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Time to revisit calcium levels in pig feed

We use calcium specifications from decades-old research, so we need to make sure those numbers are still valid.
Despite its abundance and low price, calcium cannot be used without caution and, as it happens, this is the case as it is invariably being used as a common carrier for many products.
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