May 20, 2021
Swine production recovery in China doubtful amid African swine fever risks
China's swine production recovery faces uncertainties while the risks of African swine fever (ASF) in the country remains high, according to China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Reuters reported.
10 ASF outbreaks have been reported in China this year, as the country steadily works to restore its swine herd after the virus first spread in 2018.
The ministry said, citing a meeting chaired by Agriculture Vice Minister Ma Youxiang, that despite swine production recovering quickly and improved market supply this year, swine breeding costs are on the rise while sow reproduction efficiency is lower than normal.
Dalian Commodity Exchange live hog futures closed 4.8% lower at RMB 23,550 (~US$3,657; RMB 1 = US$0.16) per tonne on May 19, due to expectations of improving swine production.
Data from the ministry showed April's sow herd at 97.6% of end-2017 levels.