July 18, 2022
Taiwan to stop vaccination of classical swine fever in January 2023
Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) said it will stop classical swine fever (CSF) vaccination in swine from January 2023 to help Taiwan boost exports of fresh pork, Focus Taiwan reported.
Taiwan has been unable to export its fresh pork products to markets like Japan, which only imports from nations officially recognised as CSF-free, despite being declared free of foot and mouth disease in 2020.
Huang Chin-cheng, the COA Deputy Minister, said the COA is conducting a test project on 450 farms where newborn swine are not given the CSF vaccine as a step toward achieving this status.
If the plan is successful, farms all over the country will stop immunising all newborn swine in January of next year, which, given that the swine are six months old when they are slaughtered, means that by July of that year, no market swine in Taiwan will have received a CSF vaccination, according to Huang.
Huang did not, however, provide a timeframe for when Taiwan might be granted the status of being CSF-free by the World Organization for Animal Health, which no other Asian nation currently possesses.
Chiang Wen-chuan, an official from the COA, said even without official recognition, stopping CSF vaccination will highlight the excellent conditions on Taiwanese swine farms and aid the return of local pork products to the global market.
According to Chiang, the COA wants to increase exports of particular pork parts to markets where they are consumed as well as increase sales of pork to wealthier nations.
The move will also help Taiwan's pig farming become more affordable, as the CSF vaccine, which must be given twice a year to sows used for breeding and once every six months to market pigs, currently costs over NTD 10 (~US$0.34; NTD 1 = US$0.033) per dose.