Large Hog Companies Gain from China’s Ongoing African Swine Fever

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2020-04-01
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Chen, Chen-Ti
Zlong, Tao
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Zhang, Wendong
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It has been almost two years since China first reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). As of June 5, 2020, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) had reported more than 177 ASF outbreaks, which resulted in an almost 32% reduction in hog and sow inventories since November 2018. These reductions—103 million pigs and 8.7 million sows—account for more than one-fifth of the world’s hog inventory (figure 1).

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