Tag Archives: ASF

China is doing everything it can to rebound from the African Swine Fever epidemic that decimated its hog herds. Chinese customs officials say they’ve banned imports of pigs, wild boars, and related products from Indonesia due to the ASF virus outbreak in the northern part of the country.

A Reuters article says the deadly disease roared across China itself after first being detected in August of 2018. Some estimates say the disease reduced the world’s biggest pig herd by up to 40 percent. Beijing has recently issued a series of new measures to boost pig production, while also maintaining strict prevention and control measures designed to prevent new outbreaks of the disease.

China’s General Administration of Customs says on its website that as of December 17, Indonesia had reported almost 400 cases of African Swine Fever outbreaks. As of mid-December, official reports say the virus has killed almost 30,000 pigs across a province in north Indonesia. Authorities are still trying to quarantine the area, which has suffered millions of dollars in economic losses.

 

China & the status of the agreement & 50-billion-dollar trade talk.  USMCA vote.  Weather in South America.  Timing of Chinese purchases…does it include ethanol?  How much of the rally a rally vs. a money flow?  Holiday feel set into the markets.  Winter wheat concerns looking at some dryer weather.  Cattle & hog fundamentals.  Waiting for cash cattle.  Is cattle weights a concern?

 

Lower grains in the trade.  Big trade factors today include the FEDS Statement, Brexit & China tariff deadline.  What will happen between now & Sunday with China & how will the markets
continue to watch.  Brazilian weather for the most part is pretty good.  Argentina has some heat, but showers are possible.  Livestock ASF, getting reports of an uptick in breakouts in China-not official but being talked about on the ground.