October 15, 2018
China may restrict amount of protein for animal feed
China - which has imposed tariffs on US soybeans in the ongoing US-China trade war - may eventually limit the amount of protein that is fed to pigs and poultry, according to draft proposals from a Chinese industry group.
Soybeans is a key source of protein in animal feed, and given that China is about to enter its top buying season for US soybeans, it does not help that tariffs would drive the prices of those soybeans up, Reuters reported.
Based on the draft document by China's Feed Industry Association, there will be a cap on the amount of crude protein and phosphorus in feeds for pigs, layers, and white feathered broilers at different growth stages. The measure aims to cut down consumption of raw materials for feed, coupled with the mitigation of the environmental impact of animal farming.
One manager at one of China's major feed producers commented that the amount of soymeal used in feed would decline should authorities impose the cap on protein levels.
A certain aspect of the proposed guidelines in the draft document called for farmers to feed their pigs weighing over 100kg till they go to the slaughterhouse with feeds containing 10-12.5% of protein.
That would be lower than what Chinese farmers usually feed their grown pigs, which is 13-14% of protein, according to experts.
In the meantime, the Feed Industry Association has sought public opinion for the proposal. After which, the Chinese government would need to approve the guidelines, before they come into force.