The African Swine Fever virus (ASFv) has devastated Chinese pork production. Recent estimations have shown that over half of China’s pigs have been euthanized or killed by the ASF virus totalling more than 300 million pigs.
China is the number one consumer of pork in the world both in total pounds and per capita. With half of their current pork supply gone and the rest dwindling by the effects of a still very active ASFv infection, China is having to turn to other countries to meet its pork demands.
Many European countries have turned to directly selling pigs to China, which is depleting pork in their own countries. The US and Brazil are changing directions to meet the demands of both China and Europe. It is because of this great deficit of pork that the Chinese demand has increased. Also, due to the ban on ractopamine in China, US companies are not using it so they can sell their product to fill demand.
The African Swine Fever virus (ASFv) has devastated Chinese pork production.