The swine industries from China and the US gathered in mid-January to seek possible solutions for the spreading African swine fevers in China, despite of an ongoing trade dispute between the top two pork producers in the world.
The 7th US-China Swine Industry Symposium, held on January 10 in Beijing, was co-organized by the US Grains Council, the US Meat Export Federation, the US Soybean Export Council, the China Animal Agriculture Association, the China Meat Association, as well as the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import/Export of Native Produce and Agricultural Products.
With a focus on ‘Animal Disease Prevention and Mitigation in a Global Pork Industry’, the event attracted about 200 professionals from the associations, academies and enterprises in China, US and Europe.
The 7th US-China Swine Industry Symposium was held on January 10 in Beijing.According to the co-organizers, the swine industries in China and the US have not only a close connection for trade, but also significant implications for global markets. The two nations should deepen cooperation to benefit each other.
USMEF’S Joel Haggard chaired the opening ceremony
CFNA Vice President Yu Lu addressing at the symposium
USGC China Director Bryan Lohmar addressing at the symposium
CAAA President Li Xirong addressing at the symposium
ASA Director Caleb Ragland addressing at the symposium
CMA Secretary-General Chen Wei addressing at the symposiumThe symposium had three sessions, namely Swine Producer Strategies to Control and Eradicate Disease Outbreaks, Global and National Efforts to Control and Eradicate Swine Diseases, and Animal Disease Outbreaks Effects on Trade Patterns and Industry Structure.
In the first session, Antonio Tavares, a former President of the Swine Industry Association of Portugal, introduced European experience managing and eradicating animal disease outbreaks, particularly Portugal’s success in eradicating ASF in about three years. Randy Spronk, President of Spronk Brothers III Holdings LLC of the US, and Gao Yuanfei, Vice President of China’s Yangxiang Group, shared their disease control practices respectively.
Gao YuanfeiAs to the efforts to control and eradicate swine diseases, Xin Shengpeng, Vice President and Secretary General of the China Veterinary Medical Association, elaborated his ideas on animal disease eradication in China. Randy Spronk, on behalf of Elizabeth Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), introduced the US practices.
Erin Borror, IMS Economics Committee Chairwoman and an Economist for the USMEF, discussed how the big pork importers have reacted thus far to ASF findings, and took the examples of BSE and FMD on global beef trade, saying that animal disease will continue to impact production, trade and consumption. Hanver Li, Chairman of Shanghai JC Intelligence Co., talked about the influences of animal disease on China’s grain, trade and demand structure.
A panel discussion
A group photo of the speakers and moderators Launched in 2012, the US-China Swine Industry Symposium has become an important platform for expertise sharing and business cooperation between the two nations and even the world. The previous symposiums had discussed the topics of animal waste treatment, swine farming models, price risk management, among others.