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Russia: ASF reduced backyard farms; large farms profit

  • 24 Jan 10:26

Backyard farming, once the major method of pig production in Russia, is bit by bit becoming a rare phenomenon. Especially as a consequence of the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, only larger pig farms managed to bounce back, like e.g. in Kaliningrad. Not surprisingly, overall pig production by backyard production has shrunk in recent years. According to estimates by the Russian Union of Pork Producers, backyard farmers accounted for 1.1 million tonnes in 2005. That figure had almost halved to be 630,000 tonnes in 2015, according to the union. By 2024, it is projected that the total output by backyard pig farms is further reduced to somewhere between 200,000. Read more...