“The pig industry in Vietnam will recover. However, the future of pig farming will change with larger commercial operators playing a key role. They can afford to invest in biosecurity, while the small holdings cannot remain sustainable in the long term,” David John Whitehead, Chairman of Mavin Group told Asian Agribiz.
ASF destroyed 20% of Vietnam’s pig population in 2019 with more that 80% of household farms affected.
This year, the Department of Livestock Production (DLP) reported the end of ASF in 99% of the infected areas, after they reported no new cases in 30 days.
This led to a rush to boost production to meet market scarcity. The DLP expects that by Q3 this year, the sector can balance supply and demand. DLP reported that the total number of pigs in the country has reached nearly 24 million, up 2 million compared to that of December 2019. The total number of breeding sows is 2.62 million and is expected to reach about 2.9 million heads by yearend.
Living with ASF
Without a vaccine, ASF is here to stay, and producers must learn how to live with it. It will dictate how Vietnam’s pig industry will develop and reshape itself in a few years.
“ASF has given impetus to industry developments. There is demand now for good pig genetics, more automation, and fewer people on-farm. Many things that would have eventually happened in the long term have been advanced,” Gabor Fluit, CEO Asia at animal nutrition company De Heus said in an interview.
“The biggest challenge now for Vietnam’s livestock producers is to overcome the effects of ASF. We will put a lot of effort into developing and farming pigs that are strong and healthy and have high disease immunity,” said Mr Whitehead.
Mavin has launched its ‘3-step protection’ kit to help hog farmers in Vietnam protect their herds against ASF. The kit includes Formavet – a disinfectant used in feed, drinking water and farm daily cleaning; Glucanvita- a natural extract product to enhance the immune system of pigs; and Cl-Tylva 50 – a new generation antibiotic to inhibit intracellular virus replication.
The company said that biosafety control package combined with the use of safe animal feed is key to Mavin’s successful preservation of nearly 30,000 breeding sows from ASF.
With confidence, Mr Whitehead revealed that Mavin aims for a 15-20% expansion in hog production this year.