The Thai pig industry is on a high alert as the African Swine Fever (ASF) has infected pig farms in China’s southern state of Yunnan, which is closer to Thailand’s northern region.
Pig farms across Thailand are setting up double barriers around the premises and prohibit all the strangers and vehicles to get inside.
Thai livestock authorities, meanwhile, announced that any sign of ASF outbreaks has to be reported. Farm owners who are failure to do so could face a jail term and a hefty fine.
Imports of meat and bone meals from countries prone to ASF are banned. Foreign travellers are strictly screened for processed pork products, which are prohibited from carrying into the country.
The authorities will also take this opportunity to make it compulsory for all pig farms in Thailand compliant to a GMP standard.
Meanwhile, the liveweight pig price in Thailand in the fourth quarter remains stable at about THB 65/kg (USD2). It is even showing a downward trend as shipments of live pigs to Cambodia and China are in decline.
Major producers such as Betagro and Thai Foods Group have their commercial pig farming operations certified to be free from antibiotics by NSF, an independent certifying body. Although the transition towards antibiotic-free is crucial to the operations, it boost public perception on safety of their pork products a great deal.
A herd of commercial pigs that is a cross between F1 Danbred (Yorkshire + Landrace) and Genesus’s Duroc terminal boar semen has reached 95kg in only 126 days. A test at Trang Wattana Farm in southern Thailand has shown that the group sired with Genesus’ Duroc grows faster, has a better feed intake and is healthier.
Test results at the end of the nursery stage are in the table below:
Malaysia lifts part of its embargo on Belgian pork, Malaysia has decided to lift its ban on frozen pork.
Malaysia, one of the 16 countries that have implemented embargo measures on Belgian pork after the detection of an African swine fever outbreak in the south of the province of Luxembourg, has decided to lift its ban on frozen pork, according to the statements of the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Mr Denis Ducarme.
After the detection of the disease, 16 non-European countries suspended their imports of Belgian pig/pork products.
Belgium has 4,039 pig farms and 6.2 million pigs, more than 90% of them are in Flanders, and they generate an invoicing of €1,300 million in exports, most of them (94%) destined to intra-European markets.
During the 18 month pig price crisis in many of the S.E. Asia Countries Vietnam cleared out its stocks of pigs and pig meat and flooded the Cambodian market causing the price to crash from over 2 USD to around 1 USD, many of the local farmers went bankrupt and it’s unlikely they will return to pig farming.
After Vietnamese imports fell over the past few months, pig prices have increased due to the fact that the domestic supply is not enough to meet the market’s demand. Increased demand has pushed up the liveweight pig price to 2.05 USD at the farm.
Cambodians consume about 3.2 million pigs per year