Bill Tatt: Australians wait with baited breath for rain, 24/08/18

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discuses how everyone is supporting farmers through the dry and that African Swine Fever has been discovered in China. Photo: File.

Stock and property: Bill Tatt discuses how everyone is supporting farmers through the dry and that African Swine Fever has been discovered in China. Photo: File.

Week Ending 24/08/2018

As we wait with bated breath the weather patterns coming from various parts of the continent, it would appear to be more favourable than many we have seen in the past for most parts of NSW.

Weather forecasters in general seem to be in agreement that these changes will be positive and that the first rain band may be followed by at least two more fronts that may bring that much needed follow up rain.

Much is being done to support our farmers and graziers in these desperate times by all levels of our society.

From governments to charities these efforts are on-going, and I would imagine will continue well into the future, a good friend and client from the Mudgee business community has asked that we mention an effort that community is embarking on.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 2 and will be hosted by the Mudgee Race Club in the form of a race meeting and a farming family day out.

Genuine farming families will be treated to lunch, hospitality and all in all a day of family relaxation and fun in a peaceful surrounding in a day which the organisers hope will give that section of the community a break from the daily grind of hand feeding and caring for their livestock.

The day will include live music, multiple activities including carnival rides for the children and a major company out of Sydney namely Di Costi Seafoods have come on board to assist with the catering. For more on this gala event contact 0448967778.

They say a week in politics is a long time and the same may be said about Global Meat Markets prior to the discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) in multiple areas in China in the last week or so.

Analyst were suggesting a glut in world pork production. It is estimated that China has 433 million hogs with a huge percentage being contained in a backyard situation where disease control is almost impossible.

ASF is a highly virulent, contagious disease which is almost impossible to control when it gains momentum. China at present control almost 25 per cent of the worlds pig population.

Some analyst suggest that the country may have to cull and slaughter as much as 30 per cent of their pig population which relates to 130 million pigs being removed.

These statistics are based on what took place some years ago when both Russia and the Ukraine had to deal with an ASF outbreak.

China consumes almost 31 per cent of their pork production and if the worst scenario comes to fruition the total world export production of pork would not be enough to fill the void.

After a short-term glut, it would be feasible to see global protein markets with a serious shortfall.

Beef, lamb and poultry would hope to fill some of the gaps and maybe our long-suffering Aussie pork producers may enjoy some time in the sun.