Europe tensed for the plague. The wild boar gets on the plate with a basket

Wild boar prices have fallen to historic lows, but consumers are not showing much interest. Companies buying game are trying to export it, but the whole of Europe has become nervous and the sale of game is tied.

wild boar, hunter, hunting

The ghost of the African swine fever has long been around the old continent. Although the virus is not transmissible to humans, it is under the impression of a flood information about a disease for which millions have already screened the world pigs, give wild boar to the basket.

The fear is stronger than assuring veterinarians that wild boar is caught overlooked and their meat is safe. The situation from the turn of the second and third millennium, when mad cow disease was at its peak in Europe. The epidemic then began to spread from Great Britain, affecting France, Germany, the Czech Republic and finally Slovakia. The result was relentless unloading livestock herds and escaping consumers from beef.

BSE, a disease of mad cows, was like a symbolic nail in a coffin Slovak cattle breeding. Today, beef has the lowest share of consumption, just over five kilograms per capita per year, compared to more than 20 kilograms of poultry and more than 30 kilograms of pork meat. The fear that people will eat their brains like cows after eating beef and go crazy ”, contributed 20 years ago to getting people away from him they turned away.

True, there was another, in fact stronger, reason that caused a dramatic decline in beef consumption. After a sharp reduction subsidies and the abolition of the negative turnover tax imposed by the state within a year 1989 promoted its consumption, beef became the most expensive meat on Slovak market. Thus, the deviation of consumption was a combination of factors, and those they have played their negative role even now that people are scared by any mention on dangerous animal diseases.

Not even the price sells

The pressure on consumer awareness is escalating, it is rising again bird flu, and to make matters worse, the whole world began to shake before a new virus that is also associated with the animal world – coronavirus. No wonder the consumer is a handle to gathering information from the media scared and behave carefully.

Slovakia has come to terms with European swine fever on European levels relatively fast. Brussels has given him the status of a safe country since plague outbreaks in domestic pigs (a total of 11 infected animals in the districts of Trebišov and Michalovce) was successful during the autumn 2019 and at the same time hunters significantly reduced the population wild boars, which are natural spreaders of the infection.

Last year, 66,000 wild boar were caught, 15,000 more than in the year 2018. Among them, 32 animals were infected, another ten were added in January this year. “Plague is still present in nature and hunters as well pig farmers must be as careful as possible, “he commented situation, the Central Director of the State Veterinary and Food Administration Jozef Bíreš. These words were heard during a recent meeting of hunters with the Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná and veterinarians in Kvetoslavov, where the state handed over another batch to hunting associations refrigerated boxes for temporary storage of wild boar until in a specialized laboratory in Zvolen they will perform analyzes of the samples taken. If they prove negative, the catch will be released and may go into distribution, otherwise, the contents of the entire box travel to the rendering plant, where possible save ten captured wild boar.

So far, 550 such mobile phones have been distributed throughout the country cold storage. The way Slovakia is trying to get the spread of Africa plague among the spectators under control, inspired, as the minister said Mother, Germany for a similar procedure.

So it seems that veterinarians have found a way to deal with the disease so as to cause as little damage as possible and that the meat from the catch is not wasted. But reversing people’s behavior is not easy. Not even a drop in prices though kilogram of wild meat with skin now stands in specialized stores around 1.20 euros, did not increase consumption.

“There has never been a better time to buy and eat wild meat than now, “assures consumers Imrich Šuba, director of Slovakia hunting chamber. That better time means a drop in the price of wild boar meat. Its a reflection surplus. One of the savage shoppers said he didn’t know what you were anymore she has to deal with it. And secondly, the meat from the catch is tested like never before before that, therefore, people should not be afraid of anything.

Plague and historical memory

However, as usual, the more society convinces you that everything is okay, the more distrustful it is. Maybe it’s related to the historical human memory, the plague at various times has been associated with it for centuries deadly epidemics, which frightenedly diluted the urban, etc. rural population. Not even cheap wild meat despite assurances experts do not know that he is OK in every way consumers to buy more.

“To my detriment,” says Imrich Šuba.

The behavior of most Slovak consumers was described by one of the buyers diviny as follows: “When they see something new in the news every week about the African sea pigs, they prefer to buy a pork leg in a chain for four euros a kilo than wild boar meat. Panic does not leave them. And yet, what a paradox, they do not ask about the origin of the meat that is in the chains from imports. They don’t care, the store offers it in action. The discount is for them proven tutovka. “

What is the position of the game on the Slovak menu at all? He’s standing there on the edge, it is basically a casual meat, because with the exception Now a cheap viewer is a game for most average earners citizens dear.

“For the average Slovak, deer meat is a luxury. In practice, it looks like that the customer buys a kilogram of deer, which costs seven euros, but boils 30 liters of goulash from it, because it mixes meat with cheaper ones pork from trade, “described the pragmatism of contemporaries, a source that did not want to be named. Deer leg, kilogram is sold for 11 to 12 euros, or deer or fallow deer ham for 20 euros is for an ordinary mortal meat from the category of dreams.

The fear of eating wild meat will probably only be resolved by time. In the moment, when the African plague theme disappears from the media, the situation gets into balance. Let’s remember the years 2003 and 2004: the disease of mad cows it evaporated from the pages of newspapers and television screens and people stopped scare. The old saying goes: It comes out of the eyes, it comes out of the mind.

Until that happens, it would be desirable to optimize the wild boar population on territory of the whole of Slovakia. Despite last year’s increased catches prevail among experts the view that wild boars are overpopulated. He admitted that too President of the Slovak Hunting Chamber Tibor Lebocký, who at the same time he added that in the last ten years, wild boar hunting has increased by a coefficient 2.3. The density, ie the density of the occurrence of wild boar, which is already bypassing some peripheral settlements of large Slovak cities, it is necessary reduce.

Disturbed balance of relationships

Reducing the wild boar population must be done judiciously. It reminds that is Imrich Šuba, director of the Slovak Hunting Chamber. There are territories where it is greater and where, conversely, lower incidence of wild boar. To the multiplied ones areas include, for example, districts in the districts of Levice, Veľký Krtíš or some parts of the Rimavsko-Sobot district. Together these are districts bordering Hungary. In the southern neighbors, they recorded 1,400 last year cases of African swine fever in feral pigs.

The borders with Hungary, but also Ukraine and Poland are for Slovakia at spread of African swine fever is the most vulnerable. Not in either of these countries have failed to get infected in the last five years wild boar under control. Czechs dealt with the African sea two years ago in the Zlín district they settled uncompromisingly. They called for help too professional army snipers and wild boars in critical areas they just fired. It was drastic, but so far effective.

The problem of the spread of the plague and any other emerging diseases from the environment of wild animals seems to be more complicated. The current proliferation of wild boar is linked by hunters to another classical swine fever. He was last in danger dimension occurred in Slovakia in 2008 and fell victim to in the district of Levice more than 20,000 pigs. Because similar to the African sea they were wild boars, hunters ran at them.

The goal was to achieve a reduction in their population, but it also appeared side effect. According to Imrich Šuba, the increased hunting led to disruption hierarchy in wild boar herds, where the elders play a key role wild boar. During the hunts, the vodka of the herds that were in them were also caught they made sure that young females did not get into reproduction. Disruption hierarchy in herds that began a decade before it erupted The current problem with African swine fever could be, according to Sub one of the causes of wild boar overgrowth. The reproductive cycle is they also received younger animals that were not yet to produce offspring.

The environment in which animals live is changing. The state of the game population certainly related to the way of hunting, not only in wild boars but also in high game, where some hunters are more concerned with the value of the trophy than about the future of the herd. However, the spread of the disease may also be associated with with the overall way of managing the country, by expanding some crops at the expense of others. The return to balance must therefore begin with: We will change the view of nature and the landscape, that of agriculture and hunting we will perceive it in all interacting contexts. Relationships that have been evolving for a long time have been disrupted. Get them into each other compliance will not be easy. African swine fever affected Slovakia not only a lesson to be learned from.

Wild boar prices have fallen to historic lows, but consumers are not showing much interest. Companies buying game are trying to export it, but the whole of Europe has become nervous and the sale of game is tied.

wild boar, hunter, hunting

The ghost of the African swine fever has long been around the old continent. Although the virus is not transmissible to humans, it is under the impression of a flood information about a disease for which millions have already screened the world pigs, give wild boar to the basket.

The fear is stronger than assuring veterinarians that wild boar is caught overlooked and their meat is safe. The situation from the turn of the second and third millennium, when mad cow disease was at its peak in Europe. The epidemic then began to spread from Great Britain, affecting France, Germany, the Czech Republic and finally Slovakia. The result was relentless unloading livestock herds and escaping consumers from beef.

BSE, a disease of mad cows, was like a symbolic nail in a coffin Slovak cattle breeding. Today, beef has the lowest share of consumption, just over five kilograms per capita per year, compared to more than 20 kilograms of poultry and more than 30 kilograms of pork meat. The fear that people will eat their brains like cows after eating beef and go crazy ”, contributed 20 years ago to getting people away from him they turned away.

True, there was another, in fact stronger, reason that caused a dramatic decline in beef consumption. After a sharp reduction subsidies and the abolition of the negative turnover tax imposed by the state within a year 1989 promoted its consumption, beef became the most expensive meat on Slovak market. Thus, the deviation of consumption was a combination of factors, and those they have played their negative role even now that people are scared by any mention on dangerous animal diseases.

Not even the price sells

The pressure on consumer awareness is escalating, it is rising again bird flu, and to make matters worse, the whole world began to shake before a new virus that is also associated with the animal world – coronavirus. No wonder the consumer is a handle to gathering information from the media scared and behave carefully.

Slovakia has come to terms with European swine fever on European levels relatively fast. Brussels has given him the status of a safe country since plague outbreaks in domestic pigs (a total of 11 infected animals in the districts of Trebišov and Michalovce) was successful during the autumn 2019 and at the same time hunters significantly reduced the population wild boars, which are natural spreaders of the infection.

Last year, 66,000 wild boar were caught, 15,000 more than in the year 2018. Among them, 32 animals were infected, another ten were added in January this year. “Plague is still present in nature and hunters as well pig farmers must be as careful as possible, “he commented situation, the Central Director of the State Veterinary and Food Administration Jozef Bíreš. These words were heard during a recent meeting of hunters with the Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná and veterinarians in Kvetoslavov, where the state handed over another batch to hunting associations refrigerated boxes for temporary storage of wild boar until in a specialized laboratory in Zvolen they will perform analyzes of the samples taken. If they prove negative, the catch will be released and may go into distribution, otherwise, the contents of the entire box travel to the rendering plant, where possible save ten captured wild boar.

So far, 550 such mobile phones have been distributed throughout the country cold storage. The way Slovakia is trying to get the spread of Africa plague among the spectators under control, inspired, as the minister said Mother, Germany for a similar procedure.

So it seems that veterinarians have found a way to deal with the disease so as to cause as little damage as possible and that the meat from the catch is not wasted. But reversing people’s behavior is not easy. Not even a drop in prices though kilogram of wild meat with skin now stands in specialized stores around 1.20 euros, did not increase consumption.

“There has never been a better time to buy and eat wild meat than now, “assures consumers Imrich Šuba, director of Slovakia hunting chamber. That better time means a drop in the price of wild boar meat. Its a reflection surplus. One of the savage shoppers said he didn’t know what you were anymore she has to deal with it. And secondly, the meat from the catch is tested like never before before that, therefore, people should not be afraid of anything.

Plague and historical memory

However, as usual, the more society convinces you that everything is okay, the more distrustful it is. Maybe it’s related to the historical human memory, the plague at various times has been associated with it for centuries deadly epidemics, which frightenedly diluted the urban, etc. rural population. Not even cheap wild meat despite assurances experts do not know that he is OK in every way consumers to buy more.

“To my detriment,” says Imrich Šuba.

The behavior of most Slovak consumers was described by one of the buyers diviny as follows: “When they see something new in the news every week about the African sea pigs, they prefer to buy a pork leg in a chain for four euros a kilo than wild boar meat. Panic does not leave them. And yet, what a paradox, they do not ask about the origin of the meat that is in the chains from imports. They don’t care, the store offers it in action. The discount is for them proven tutovka. “

What is the position of the game on the Slovak menu at all? He’s standing there on the edge, it is basically a casual meat, because with the exception Now a cheap viewer is a game for most average earners citizens dear.

“For the average Slovak, deer meat is a luxury. In practice, it looks like that the customer buys a kilogram of deer, which costs seven euros, but boils 30 liters of goulash from it, because it mixes meat with cheaper ones pork from trade, “described the pragmatism of contemporaries, a source that did not want to be named. Deer leg, kilogram is sold for 11 to 12 euros, or deer or fallow deer ham for 20 euros is for an ordinary mortal meat from the category of dreams.

The fear of eating wild meat will probably only be resolved by time. In the moment, when the African plague theme disappears from the media, the situation gets into balance. Let’s remember the years 2003 and 2004: the disease of mad cows it evaporated from the pages of newspapers and television screens and people stopped scare. The old saying goes: It comes out of the eyes, it comes out of the mind.

Until that happens, it would be desirable to optimize the wild boar population on territory of the whole of Slovakia. Despite last year’s increased catches prevail among experts the view that wild boars are overpopulated. He admitted that too President of the Slovak Hunting Chamber Tibor Lebocký, who at the same time he added that in the last ten years, wild boar hunting has increased by a coefficient 2.3. The density, ie the density of the occurrence of wild boar, which is already bypassing some peripheral settlements of large Slovak cities, it is necessary reduce.

Disturbed balance of relationships

Reducing the wild boar population must be done judiciously. It reminds that is Imrich Šuba, director of the Slovak Hunting Chamber. There are territories where it is greater and where, conversely, lower incidence of wild boar. To the multiplied ones areas include, for example, districts in the districts of Levice, Veľký Krtíš or some parts of the Rimavsko-Sobot district. Together these are districts bordering Hungary. In the southern neighbors, they recorded 1,400 last year cases of African swine fever in feral pigs.

The borders with Hungary, but also Ukraine and Poland are for Slovakia at spread of African swine fever is the most vulnerable. Not in either of these countries have failed to get infected in the last five years wild boar under control. Czechs dealt with the African sea two years ago in the Zlín district they settled uncompromisingly. They called for help too professional army snipers and wild boars in critical areas they just fired. It was drastic, but so far effective.

The problem of the spread of the plague and any other emerging diseases from the environment of wild animals seems to be more complicated. The current proliferation of wild boar is linked by hunters to another classical swine fever. He was last in danger dimension occurred in Slovakia in 2008 and fell victim to in the district of Levice more than 20,000 pigs. Because similar to the African sea they were wild boars, hunters ran at them.

The goal was to achieve a reduction in their population, but it also appeared side effect. According to Imrich Šuba, the increased hunting led to disruption hierarchy in wild boar herds, where the elders play a key role wild boar. During the hunts, the vodka of the herds that were in them were also caught they made sure that young females did not get into reproduction. Disruption hierarchy in herds that began a decade before it erupted The current problem with African swine fever could be, according to Sub one of the causes of wild boar overgrowth. The reproductive cycle is they also received younger animals that were not yet to produce offspring.

The environment in which animals live is changing. The state of the game population certainly related to the way of hunting, not only in wild boars but also in high game, where some hunters are more concerned with the value of the trophy than about the future of the herd. However, the spread of the disease may also be associated with with the overall way of managing the country, by expanding some crops at the expense of others. The return to balance must therefore begin with: We will change the view of nature and the landscape, that of agriculture and hunting we will perceive it in all interacting contexts. Relationships that have been evolving for a long time have been disrupted. Get them into each other compliance will not be easy. African swine fever affected Slovakia not only a lesson to be learned from.