Russia sees a spike in the number of ASF outbreaks


Vladislav Vorotnikov, Pig Progress

Sep 16, 2022


Russia has registered nearly 40 outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) over the past few weeks. These include outbreaks vat industrial farms. This sparks fears of new mass culls.


The Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor imposed quarantines in some parts of Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kostroma and Volgograd regions. In August, Rosselhoznadzor registered the first ASF outbreak at an industrial farm in Russia. The number of affected industrial pig farms started growing rapidly in the next few weeks.


Kostroma region


The Kostroma region has the worst situation in terms of the ASF spread, with 20 estimated new outbreaks registered since early August. The virus has penetrated the regionís largest pig farm Shuvalovo. 6,000 pigs were culled.




The regional authorities launched a programme offering individual farmers to sell their pigs at prices above the market average and switch to alternative types of livestock. However, the programme reportedly has not attracted many farmers.




An ASF outbreak has also hit Miratorgís pig farm in Orel Oblast, where Rosselhoznadzor culled 3,000 pigs. Due to another outbreak at the Baltic Pig Company №3 in Kaliningrad Oblast, roughly 25,000 pigs were culled.


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