ASF Swine fever nears German border

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Individual federal states want to protect their borders from ASP with mobile electric fences.
Photo: Imago Images / Martin Wagner
Individual federal states want to protect their borders from ASP with mobile electric fences.

The effectiveness of the fence, which is supposed to keep ASF out, is under discussion.

The German state of Brandenburg has erected about 120 km of electric fencing to prevent wild boars infected with African swine fever (ASF) from straying across the border from Poland and infecting its pig herd.

German farmer Hans-Christian Daniels doesn’t think the barrier will work. It’s clear to him: “It looks rather inevitable that swine fever will come.” His farm is located near Tauche, close to the Polish border. He has 11,000 pigs. For him, this inevitably leads to a drop in prices, he told Reuters in an interview.

Wildschwein
(Bild: Imago Images / Werner Schmitt)

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A case of the viral disease was discovered in a wild boar in Poland just 12 km from the German border last month. A confirmed case in Germany could prompt an import ban, ending the boom times for local pig farmers, who have seen exports to China, the world’s biggest consumer of pork, jump due to outbreaks of ASF in Asia.

Wildschwein Schweinepest ASP
(Bild: Imago)

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