November 26, 2019


China's breeding sow stock rose 0.6%, first increase since April 2018


The increase in October, according to official figures, marks a recovery in swine production since the African swine fever (ASF) disease spread across the country, reported Reuters.


Yang Zhenhai, director of animal husbandry and veterinary bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said swine herds fell 0.6% in October, slower than the 3% drop reported in September. In contrast, September 2018 reported a 41% drop.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said the decline is around 175 million swine in the national herd.


Yang also warned of higher risks of ASF outbreaks in the northeast as temperatures in that area have fallen below zero.


ASF prevention requires a high level of hygiene, with hot water and disinfectants.


With regard to China developing an ASF vaccine, Yang said the most advanced vaccine is still in a pre-clinical trial phase.


On the topic of new ASF outbreaks reported in Jiangsu and other areas, Yang said the ministry found only a combined infection of other viruses and not ASF, emphasising that the ministry's report and management of ASF is public and transparent.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs posted a reward system for whistleblowers that report violations in control and prevention of ASF. Whistleblowers stand to earn 10,000 RMB (~US$1,420; 1 RMB = US$0.14).


He added that swine supplies are expected to improve by end 2019, with China aiming to hit 80% of its normal levels by the end of next year.


There was a 4.7% increase in sow stocks in October compared to September among the 13,000 swine farms with more than 5,000 swine produced per year. Swine supplies went up 0.5%.


Rabobank said swine herds in China will be 55% lower by end 2019, while other industry players estimate it could be much lower. 


A nationwide slaughterhouse inspection is planned by the ministry to obtain a better picture of swine stocks kept in cold storage facilities.


-   Reuters