A SERIES of industry summits focussing on the current and future impact of African Swine Fever on global meat supply and demand will be held in the United States early next month.
Beef Central columnist Simon Quilty, who has written extensively on the topic since the disease was first detected in China in August last year, will be one of the keynote speakers and hosts involved in the circuit of four gatherings being held from April 2 to 11.
For the benefit of Beef Central’s regular North American readers who may wish to attend, the briefings will be held in:
The events will be co-hosted by Merricks Capital, MLX, Global AgriTrends and Procurement Strategies.
Since the first discovery of ASF in Liaoning, China seven months ago, the disease has been discovered in every province of China, and has since spread into Vietnam. Traces of ASF have also been detected in undeclared pork items at Australian airports, carried by incoming international passengers. Fortunately none of this illegally imported material has infected the local pork population.
The potency of the disease has the potential to create significant shifts in global meat and livestock markets, analysts suggest. Half of the global pig population resides in China, and some estimates suggest potential loss could reach 30pc or 130 million head over two years in China alone.
The upcoming summits aim to provide an appraisal of the disease and its impact on the global protein market discussed in an open and commercial forum.
Specific focus will be on the US pork and beef industry, and the ramifications of ASF spreading through China, Vietnam and potentially the rest of Asia and onto other continents.
The hosts for the summits include:
Joining Mr Stuart and Mr Quilty as keynote speakers for the events will be Gerrard Liu, managing director of the Meat International Group Shanghai, a China based research and marketing group specialising in beef and pork.
Key topics for discussion at the events include:
Limited seats are still available at the summits. Contact Simon Quilty direct (click here) for details and to reserve seats.