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South Korea records ASF case on commercial farm of pig, bringing speculation to the market

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Published Feb 27, 2024

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An African swine fever (ASF) outbreak on a commercial farm in South Korea could potentially affect the country's pork imports, as it is one of the world's largest pork importers due to a domestic production deficit. The US Department of Agriculture predicts a decline in South Korea's pork production in 2024, which may lead to increased imports. Brazil, a current pork exporter to South Korea, could benefit from this situation. However, the health of Brazilian pig farming is dependent on maintaining a high export flow.
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Last week, an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was reported on a commercial farm in Gyeongsang province, South Korea. Until then, the disease was restricted to wild boars. Authorities adopted quick measures, such as: slaughtering and discarding the approximately 500 animals on the property; inspecting farms in a radius of 10 kilometers; restricting the movement of employees and vehicles. The news brings speculation about possible impacts on the country’s herd and imports if the number of cases increases. South Korea is one of the largest global importers of pork, and this is normal because of the production deficit in domestic consumption. A deepening of ASF could lead to an expansion of imports, which would be beneficial for Brazil. Recently, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report on the world’s meat industry, and there are estimates for the Asian country. USDA estimates South Korea’s pork production in 2024 at 1.390 mln tons, down 3.47% from last year’s ...
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