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Top China pig breeder promotes low-protein hog feed

Top China pig breeder promotes low-protein hog feed

Reuters – China’s leading pig producer Muyuan Foods used only 9.8 per cent soymeal in its feed last year, cutting costs as feed prices soared, chairman Qin Yinglin said recently. Qin’s comments follow guidelines from Beijing to its huge livestock sector last month to lower the soymeal and corn content in feed after record imports


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China moves to cut corn, soy in feed rations

Given China’s current demand, some see such a move reshaping global grain flow

China issued guidelines on April 21 recommending the reduction of corn and soymeal in pig and poultry feed, a measure that could reshape the flow of grains into the world’s top corn and soybean buyer. China’s corn prices surged more than a third in the most recent year following a drop in output and state

A recent shift toward more commercial-scale hog production in China has led to more use of soybean meal in rations.

China seeks to cut corn, soymeal content in animal feed

The country feels overly reliant on imported feedstocks

Reuters – China’s Agriculture Ministry has launched a campaign to lower the content of corn and soymeal in animal feed, according to a document issued this week, which could have repercussions for the global grain trade. The document, sent to animal feed producers and other government departments, outlines a plan for nutrition experts to draw

Pigs are seen at a backyard farm on the outskirts of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, 
China, Sept. 5, 2018.

China to crack down harder on fake African swine fever vaccines

Industry insiders believe use of illicit vaccines has caused a new, chronic form of the disease

Reuters – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs says it will crack down further on illegal production and sales of African swine fever vaccines in a sign of the extent of a problem that is damaging the world’s largest pig industry. The ministry, which has been warning against such behaviour since 2019, said tougher measures were needed


China to raise grain purchase prices, support breeding sector

The country aims to secure animal- and plant-breeding resources

Reuters – China’s government said on March 5 it will raise its minimum purchase price for wheat and rice and expand corn-planting areas this year, reiterating earlier plans to boost grain output after prices soared last year. The moves, outlined by Premier Li Keqiang and the state economic planning agency in annual reports to parliament,

China has been grappling with an African swine fever outbreak that decimated its hog herd.

Chinese researchers find natural mutation in African swine fever virus

Evolution of the infections is a subject of much debate in China and elsewhere

Reuters – Chinese scientists have found a natural mutation in the African swine fever virus they say could be less deadly than the strain that ravaged the world’s largest pig herd in 2018 and 2019. The findings, published in the February edition of the Chinese Journal of Veterinary Science, come amid intense debate in the

China finds coronavirus cluster in chicken-processing plant

China finds coronavirus cluster in chicken-processing plant

Some concerned consumers are already avoiding the product and one grocer has pulled it from shelves

Reuters – China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat-processing plant, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods. Ten confirmed cases were found in a factory which slaughters 50 million chickens a year in the northeastern city of Harbin and


File photo of piglets at a hog operation in China. (KuLouKu/iStock/Getty Images)

China’s 2020 pork output higher than expected

Reported slowing of ASF-induced decline beats expectations

Beijing | Reuters — China’s pork output posted significant signals toward recovery last year after the sector was decimated by an incurable hog disease in 2019, official data showed Monday. China’s 2020 pork output fell 3.3 per cent from a year earlier, to 41.13 million tonnes, after plunging 21 per cent in 2019, the National