November 16, 2017
China Animal Health Update (Nov 2017)
An eFeedLink Exclusive
By LI AN-MING and NGOH SENG KEONG
An overview of the livestock industry
November's climate remained pleasant for the livestock industry, as the feed intake of hogs and broilers remained high. Growths of animals were fast, helping to lower the feed-to meat ratio, and the immune system of animals strengthened.
As corn harvests increased and soy imports were abundant, prices of macro ingredients softened in November. Nonetheless, prices of feed additives were mostly firm amid tight availability.
Prices of commercial hog were stuck around RMB14.30/kg, as the demand for pork showed little improvement. However, worth noting, supplies in the northern parts of China tightened while pork demand rose as the weather temperatures fell significantly towards late November.
In the eastern and southern regions, several hog farms were compelled to halt operation or relocate due to the stringent environmental inspections. Farms that remained in business were busy upgrading their sewage facilities to meet the anti-pollution requirements. The substantial capital involved is poised to push up the cost of hog farming and hence prices in the longer term.
As the climates turn cold, preventing piglets from having diarrhea is the main concern of farmers. Three vital steps to achieve this are strengthening the immunity of sows, enhancing the biosecurity measures, and keeping the delivery rooms warm and dry.
As the weather temperatures dropped, layer sector entered its seasonal lull with egg production falling. One kilogramme of egg in Jiangsu cost around RMB8, rising modestly to meet expectations. As the While the profit margins of egg stayed high, culling rates of ageing layers were slow hence helping to ease the supply tightness of egg during winter.
White feather broiler market strengthened, albeit in a wavering manner. During late November, prices of white feather broiler in Shandong cost RMB7.20/kg, while chicks were trading at a low of RMB1.30/kg. Under contract farming, farmers were most concerned about the survival rates and feed-to-meet ratio of their stocks.
Disease situation in the poultry sector remained stable although more cases of respiratory illnesses were reported, prompting farmers to increase the dosage of medications in prevention. As the climates turn cold and dry, the threat of bird flu will increase in tandem and farmers are staying vigilant.
Policies and measures
The Ministry of Agriculture recently released the Notice on Catalogues and Specifications of Pharmaceutical Feed Additives, listing the types of medications approved. Excessive use of the approved products or usages of those not listed in the notice are prohibited. No more than three pharmaceutical additives should be added to the same product, and ingredient contents must be specified on the product label.
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