January 17, 2020
Total swine herd in South Korea dropped 0.05% due to African swine fever
Statistics Korea reported 11.28 million swine are currently raised in South Korea during the fourth quarter of 2019, 0.05% lower compared to the same period in 2018, reported Yonhap News Agency.
According to Statistics Korea, the drop in swine numbers is due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the country.
There have been no new reported ASF cases in South Korea since October 2019 but deceased wild boar have continuously been discovered infected with ASF along the North-South Korea border.
About 400,000 swine have been culled by quarantine authorities to halt the spread of ASF in the country.
On a separate note, Statistics Korea reported 3.21 million cattle are currently raised in South Korea during the fourth quarter of last year, a 3.2% jump compared to the same period in 2018.
Statistics Korea said the increase in cattle was due to price hikes, resulting in more calves born.
- Yonhap News Agency