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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

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,





Beef is on display at a Walmart in Beijing on Sept. 23, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

China’s coronavirus testing chokes beef trade

Additional inspections, disinfections costly for importers

Beijing | Reuters — In a supermarket in downtown Beijing, refrigerator shelves normally filled with steak from around the world sit empty as tougher testing for the novel coronavirus creates supply bottlenecks and raises prices for importers. Fresh supplies of beef won’t arrive for days, a salesman at the Suning.com-owned Carrefour outlet told Reuters —


“China is going to import a lot more grains like barley, sorghum, and corn in the new marketing year, as the domestic (corn) prices would remain high.” – Xie Jinjiang.

China’s corn imports soar

At the same time its domestic pork supply is rebuilding

China imported more than one million tonnes of corn in September, customs data showed Oct. 23, bringing shipments for the first nine months of the year close to its annual low-tariff quota volume for the first time on record. The country has been purchasing large volumes of corn to ease the pressure from tight supplies

File photo of a cooking oil bottling line in Spain. (Sabor de España/iStock/Getty Images)

Canadian canola prices spike as shippers find back door to China

'Profits are extravagant... It is like gold oil now'

Winnipeg/Beijing | Reuters — Canadian canola prices have soared to the highest in nearly two years, despite a diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing, as exporters find roundabout ways to reach top oilseed buyer China. Chinese authorities have since March 2019 blocked canola shipments by two Canadian exporters, an action they took after Canadian police