July 18, 2014

 

ASF wreaks havoc on Russia's pig industry

 

 

Outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) at the Velikoluksky meat processing plant in Pskov Oblast, Russia, is hurting the country's pig industry.

 

The Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor plans to cull 25,000 pigs to prevent the spread of the disease. However, this number is expected to rise in the coming weeks.

 

Nikolay Vlasov, deputy head of Rosselhoznadzor, said, "There are from 23,000 to 27,000 head of animal that have been taken from the production premises and have been culled or will be culled in the near future."

 

"On these farms, restrictions have been put in place and the pigs from the enterprise will not be supplied anywhere," Vlasov added.

 

Sergei Dankvert, head of the Rosselhoznadzor, said the ASF would affect the entire Russian pork market, "Rosselhoznadzor suspended the sale of some batches of meat and finished products in Orel, Kursk and Novgorod Oblasts."

 

According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, the Russian pig industry has already suffered US$1.5 billion from ASF.