Chinese hog deaths could trigger global meat shortage

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African Swine Fever may be taking a greater toll on China’s swine herd than officials in that country are letting on.

According to an article on the Farm Journal website, a spokesman for INTL FC Stone says the breeding herd in Shandong province has decreased by 42 per cent even though authorities have only reported one case of the disease there. The analyst says INTL FC Stone is estimating an overall 30 per cent reduction in China’s hog herd.

Such a drop would be equal to the number of hogs currently being fed in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil, the analyst adds.

The end result will be a potential global meat shortage of around 12.3 million tonnes, a number that could still increase, the article notes.