36 ASF cases in Germany
At the beginning of this week, another wild boar was found dead in the Brandenburg area, Germany taking the total cases of ASF to 36. The outbreak was reported on September 10 and all the cases were in wild boars. Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute confirmed the latest animal had ASF. Several Asian states, including China, have banned pork imports from Germany but prices haven't dropped too far. According to AHDB, the German VEZG pig price has remained unchanged for a third week, at €1.27/kg. "There are undoubtedly challenges in the supply chain with marketing products that are less desirable in the EU and are traditionally exported to Asia. Reports indicate some products are going into storage because of this. There is perhaps some optimism in Germany that the international market may eventually begin to accept a regional approach to ASF-related trade restrictions," commented Bethan Wilkins, Senior Analyst, AHDB.
For the rest of major pork producers are benefitting from strong demand for pork in China. Reports indicate that there is particular demand in Spain from slaughterhouses with China approval. Also, in the Netherlands, the Vion 54% price actually increased by 3 Eurocents to €1.47/kg for the week ended 27 September.
"It remains to be seen how attractive low-priced German pork will be to other European importers," added Bethan Wilkins.