Swine consultant says rebuilding China’s herd will be two-steps forward, one-step back process.
2019 is a year Todd Thurman doesn’t expect many in the pork industry to soon forget. After all, the world’s largest pork producing nation fell victim to African swine fever, losing nearly 65% of its swine herd, according to his estimates.
“That doesn’t include what’s going on in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam and the Philippines, and also in Korea, so obviously that’s a really significant event and one that’s really hard to wrap your mind around,” Thurman says. “A lot of times when I’m talking to people about African swine fever in China, that’s my biggest challenge, just to get them to kind of understand the scale of what happened over there.
I spent 130 days in China last year and saw it with my own two eyes and, and I have a hard time wrapping my mind around it too.”