Amid continued outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China and Europe, U.S., Chinese and European pork industry leaders and experts gathered in Beijing earlier this month for the seventh edition of the U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium. The annual symposium was launched in 2012 and is co-organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Participating organizations from China include the China Animal Agriculture Association, the China Meat Association and the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import/Export of Native Produce and Agricultural Products.
Symposium speakers shared experiences in animal disease control on the farm and at the national level with more than 150 industry representatives. U.S. speakers included Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minnesota, who serves on the USMEF Executive Committee. Spronk explained the biosecurity measures used at Spronk Brothers III LLP, the farrow-to-finish operation in which he is the managing partner.
Spronk notes that Antonio Tavares, a pork producer from Portugal, also presented at the symposium, recounting how ASF was combatted on the Iberian Peninsula in the 1980s and 1990s. Spronk sees great value in sharing this type of information, which can benefit pork producers across the globe.
Additional information on the symposium is also available on the USMEF website.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.