China’s meat imports have surged since African Swine Fever decimated their pork supply last year. The effects of the fever, which wiped out a quarter of all of the world’s hogs, will be felt for years to come, and could intensify if it becomes a sustained issue in other markets in Europe and Asia. Beef and poultry imports from South America, Australia, and the US have been seen as the solution to plug the huge hole in China’s meat supply, but Coronavirus has shut major ports around the country and backed up deliveries. While international cattle and hog pricing should face a short-term hit, the pain will be temporary and Chinese demand will continue sucking up meat supplies from around the world.
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