The Mongolian authorities on Monday said the East Asian country has beefed up its fight against an outbreak of African swine fever. Since the first case of the viral disease in pigs was recorded earlier this month, some 1,500 pigs have been slaughtered, Mongolia’s General Agency for Specialized Investigation said in a statement…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2019

Key Point

  • From 9 to 21 January 2019, Mongolia has reported ASFV in the provinces of Bulgan, Darkhan-Uul, Dundgovi, Khövsgöl, Orkhon, Selenge, and Töv. Mongolia’s General Agency for Specialized Investigation noted that 1,500 pigs had been slaughtered and culled as a result.

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  • In late June 2018, Rosagro (aka Ros Agro PLC) announced it had started to raise its first sows (adult female pigs) at its Rusagro-Primorye LLC pig breeding complex in Mikhaylovsky District, Primorsky Krai, Russia. By December 2018, Rosagro hopes to have 3,600 sows and 80 boars (imported from Denmark). The company also plans to have the complex operational in 2019 and at full capacity by 2021. Once completed, the complex should have annual pork production capacity of 64,000 MTs. China, Japan, and South Korea would be major export markets.
  • In 2017, Russia reported 103 cases of African swine fever virus in domestic pigs and 33 in wild boars. Russia’s 2017 ASF outbreak in Siberia was caused by the genotype II strain of the ASFV. It should be noted that on 16 November 2018, China reported a case of ASFV in a wild boar in Baishan, Jilin Province.
  • On 2 October 2017, ASFV was reported in Beryozovsky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia. A total of 1,027 pigs were culled.
  • On 5 September 2017, ASFV was reported on a Rusagro pig farm in Shebekinsky District, Belgorod Oblast (bordering Ukraine). Approximately 16,000 pigs were culled. This was the first reported case of ASFV at a commercial farm in Belgorod Oblast. The region accounts for roughly a quarter of Russia’s pork output, while Rusagro was (as of 2016) Russia’s second largest pork producer by volume after Miratorg Agribusiness Holding.
  • On 18 March 2017, ASFV was reported on a backyard (non-commercial) pig farm in Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia.
  • African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a highly contagious disease of pigs that has a near 100% mortality rate. The disease was first reported in Kenya in 1921 and was introduced to the Caucasus region when it spread to Georgia in mid-2007. Since this introduction, ASFV has spread to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia. From 2007 to 2017, Russia reported more than 1,000 ASFV outbreaks that resulted in approximately 800,000 pigs being killed. From March to October 2017, there were outbreaks of ASFV in Siberia, causing concern that the disease could spread to China. In August 2018, the FAO noted that ASFV strain detected in China was “similar” to the strain detected in Russia in 2017.

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