The Week in Review
Saturday, June 15, 2024
A look at India's shrimp and fish production in 2023-24
India's farmgate shrimp prices were better at US$3/kg in early 2024 until February and March — before falling to nearly US$2.65/kg. This year, shrimp farmers started stocking their ponds in mid-January, anticipating better market prices (the average stocking density varied between 40-60/m2). Overall, shrimp seed quality was satisfactory. However, the demand for shrimp seed was not as high as in 2023. The decline in demand for shrimp seed might continue in the second half of 2024. This trend might even lead to the consolidation of the shrimp hatchery segment in India.
Saturday, June 8, 2024
ANDRITZ: Not standing still for feed milling's modernisation
The current level of automation in the feed production industry is languishing in a state liken to "Stone Age," according to Michael Lierau, vice president of ANDRITZ Feed & Biofuel. Along with Lierau, global vice president (automation and digitalisation) Dr. Sohail Nazari, alludes the industry's sorry situation to a complacency for progress. Hence, ANDRITZ's motto today presents an antithesis to this attitude: "Never stand still," it emphatically affirms.
Saturday, June 1, 2024
Yisheng and Minhe: Comparing performance between two Chinese white-feather broiler producers from Yantai, Shangdong
Most of Chinese province Shandong's white feather broiler industry is based in Yantai City. There are five white-feather broiler chicken companies listed on the two major stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen — with four of them from Yantai, namely Minhe Husbandry, Shandong Yisheng Livestock & Poultry Breeding, Shandong Xiantan and Springsnow Food.
Saturday, May 25, 2024
What to expect for price performance of broiler eggs in the Chinese market in 2024
In 2023, China's inventory of white feather broilers hit a record, but the producers of parent stock (PS) broiler breeders suffered severe losses as the prices of broiler eggs stayed weak, particularly in the second half. Last year, the price of broiler eggs rose from ¥1.55/egg at the start of 2023 to ¥3.75/egg by mid-March, before dropping to ¥1.05/egg by May. In July, prices firmed up to ¥2.50/egg before falling to ¥1.00/egg.
Saturday, May 18, 2024
How China's volume of grandparent and parent stock broiler breeders are affecting prices
China's total broiler release volume (including white feather, yellow feather and small white feather broiler chickens) in 2023 was 13.022 billion birds, an increase of 1.165 billion birds from 2022. The sales volume of white feather broilers reached a record of 7.195 billion birds. Following a price increase in the first quarter of 2023, the prices of white-feather broilers fell sharply since the second quarter.
Saturday, May 11, 2024
The state of China's poultry layer industry in 2023
A total of 88 new layer farms were built across China in 2023, with a cumulative layer capacity of 148.3 million birds. Among these farms, 60 have the capacity to rear one million or more layer hens, accounting for about 68.2% of newly added production capacity. The Chinese layer industry mainly consists of small- and medium-sized farms, with about 75% of farms rearing less than 100,000 layer hens. In 2023, there are 68 companies with an inventory of over one million laying hens. The combined layer population of these farms exceeds 218 million birds, accounting for only about 18.1% of China's total population of laying hens.
Saturday, May 4, 2024
High feed costs weigh on India's poultry production as 8% growth in CAGR expected in next decade
India's poultry market, currently valued at $30 billion, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5-8% in the next 10 years. The country's poultry exports have reached $120 million during the period from April 2023 to December 2023. There is also strong demand from countries like Oman and Sri Lanka. During 2021-22 and 2022-23, Indian exports were $71 and $134 million, respectively.
Saturday, April 27, 2024
New Hope Liuhe suffers losses - as it tries to keep pig farming business afloat
Last December, New Hope Liuhe announced it would sell 51% of its subsidiary, Shandong Zhongxin Food to China Animal Husbandry Industry (CAHIC), for ¥2.7 billion (US$375.1 million) and 67% of another subsidiary, Deyang Food, to Hainan Shengchen Investment for approximately ¥1.501 billion (US$208.4 million).
Saturday, April 20, 2024
An update on the Chinese feed industry in 2023
rom five in 2022, the number of 'ultra-large' feed producers in China increased to seven in 2023, as Twins Group and Guangxi Liyuan joined the ranks. Twins also took control of Jiangxi Zhengbang Group last year. The combined feed output of both companies totalled nearly 15 million tonnes. Meanwhile, Liyuan joined the league of ultra-large producers due to a rise in pig feed production.
Saturday, April 13, 2024
A review of China's feed production in 2023
China's feed consumption in 2023 was 271.62 million tonnes, an increase of 6.04% over 2022, based on eFeedLink statistics. The output of pig feed last year totalled 130.70 million tonnes, an increase of 9.95% compared to 2022. However, a closer analysis reveals that the actual production of pig feed (specifically, concentrates and premixes converted into compound feeds) only increased by 0.26%. compound pig feed output increased by 10.64%, while the output of concentrated feed and pig premix decreased by 15.32% and 5.27%, respectively.
Saturday, April 6, 2024
India's feed producers compete for corn with exporters and other industries
This year, India could produce around 28 million metric tonnes (MMT) of poultry feed, 16MMT of cattle feed and 3.5MMT of aquafeed. With most raw materials needed for animal feed produced in India, the country may now face shortages as the animal husbandry sector is growing faster than crop production. The availability of quality feed ingredients and their prices are major challenges for producing compound feeds.
Saturday, March 30, 2024
Zhongxin and SciGene: Independent subsidiaries take Chinese pig breeding to new heights
Zhongxin Breeding was set up in 1998 by Wen's Group and has been focusing on pig breeding and reproduction for 23 years. In 2021, Zhongxin Breeding became independent from its parent organisation, accumulating over 20 years of breeding and research experience and leading the industry in terms of scale and technological development. As for SciGene, its sales of breeding pigs in 2022 reached 220,000, out of which 70 were exported. The company has two genetic core farms in Chizhou, Anhui and Guigang, Guangxi, with a total of 4,500 core breeders.
Saturday, March 23, 2024
How pig prices connect to movements in China's stock market
Since May 2023, China's major stock market indexes have plummeted relentlessly, with the Shanghai Composite Index falling from 3418.95 on May 9 last year to 2867.71 as of January 11 this year. The pork sector index earlier saw a rebound in the index last March, peaking at 2668.75 on April 4, 2023 - then falling, followed by a rebounding in October. The rally lost momentum at 2312.25 on December 7 and slid to around 2,127 as of mid-January 2024. The movement of pig prices since October 2023 does not, however, appear to reflect sentiments behind rallying pork sector stocks.
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Unpredictability of China's pig price movements a headache for major pig producers
In the past five years since China confirmed its first case of African swine fever in August 2018, its pig prices have fluctuated tremendously. For instance, in 2022, the price of live pigs dropped from ¥16.61/kg at the start of the year to a multi-year low of nearly ¥12/kg in March. It then rebounded in April to ¥28/kg in October before plunging ¥17.01/kg by the end of the year. From 2019 to 2021 following the ASF outbreak, China's pig price movements followed a three-year cycle; prices rose from low to high - fluctuating at high levels prior to retreating to low levels.
Saturday, March 9, 2024
An overview of pig farming in Kerala, India
Pig farming contributes to the diversification of agriculture in Kerala, India, with the demand for pork steadily rising in the state. Apart from fresh pork, there is also a growing market for value-added pork products like sausages, bacon and ham. Entrepreneurs in Kerala can explore these opportunities to diversify their product offerings and cater to a broader consumer base all over India. Kerala's pig population has shot up by 86.19% over a seven-year period. This population increased from 55,782 animals in 2012 to 1,03,863 in 2019.
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Guizhou Kang Sheng Da and Beijing WOD Cheng-Long: Showcases of Chinese smart poultry farming
China's Guizhou Kang Sheng Da Food has 12 intelligent layer farms with more than 700,000 laying hens altogether. In 2022, the company installed a big data platform for complete digital intelligent management and standardised operations. The so-called '5G+ layer industry digitalisation' system modernises egg production at Guizhou's farms. With the system, all layer pens adopted a fully enclosed, 'negative pressure' ventilation and 'zero antibiotics' breeding model.
Saturday, February 24, 2024
The distribution of the poultry egg and layer industry across China
As of July 2023, there were 68 egg producers in China with inventories of one million or more laying hens. The combined laying population of these large producers totalled more than 200 million birds, accounting for about 20% of the country's layer inventory. Among them, five companies have layer inventories of more than 10 million birds; six companies have inventories of 5-10 million birds.
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Domestically bred broilers keep China on path of self-sufficiency
For the past nearly 40 years, China imported all of its white-feather broiler breeders. However, in 2012, Beijing WOD Cheng-Long, with the help of its subsidiary, Yukou Poultry, conducted research in the field of white feather broiler breeders. The company successfully bred four new species of the WOD series. In addition to WOD, Guangdong Xingguang Nongmu and Fujian Sunner have also produced their breeds of white feather broiler.
Saturday, February 10, 2024
China produces chickens abundantly - but faces challenges in exporting
Last year, China released 11.86 billion broiler chickens and produced a total of 18.876 million tonnes of chicken meat, accounting for 20% of total meat production in the country. As of September 2023, the country exported chicken products to 55 countries or regions, but the total export volume is limited. The total export volume in the first three quarters of 2023 was 392,500 tonnes.
Saturday, February 3, 2024
The state of India's poultry meat and egg market in 2023
Based on the latest statistics from India's Animal Husbandry Ministry, the country's total egg production was 138.38 billion during the 2022-23 period. The top five egg-producing Indian states are Andhra Pradesh (20.13%), Tamil Nadu (15.58%), Telangana (12.77%), Bengal (9.93%) and Karnataka (6.51%) — they together contribute around 65% to the national total egg output. India's total egg production from commercial poultry is 118.16 billion (85.40%) while backyard poultry makes up 20.20 billion (14.60%).
Saturday, January 27, 2024
NetEase Weiyang sparks trend of AI pig farming - but falls short of becoming top producer
NetEase Weiyang ventured into pig farming following a February 2009 announcement by its founder Ding Lei. The Chinese internet portal company shunned the traditional pig farming model, aiming instead to build an intelligent, highly efficient farm. As such, the company can be considered as a pioneer of artificial intelligence-driven pig farming in China.
Saturday, January 20, 2024
The performance of listed Chinese pig companies in H1 2023
Nineteen listed pig companies in China sold a total of 73.78 million pigs in the first half of 2023, of which Muyuan ranked first with 30.265 million pigs released, semi-annual performance reports revealed. Overall, 17 of them incurred losses. In total, the three biggest hog producers suffered a combined loss of ¥10.451 billion (US$1.4 billion) in H1 2023.
Saturday, January 13, 2024
How China's pig breeding sector shapes up since 2018 ASF outbreak
China's total number of core pig breeding farms increased by 12 in 2022, a 12% increase, according to government evaluation results which tallied 104 core breeding farms and eight boar breeding farms from 27 provinces and municipalities. As of August 2023, the inventory of conceivable sows in the farms increased from 150,000 head to more than 190,000 head. In 2021, China imported 27,900 breeding pigs, which are capable of producing one million parent-stock pigs.
Saturday, January 6, 2024
Turkey's TAVSAN: Quality sets the path for success
TAVSAN is Turkey's biggest and oldest poultry equipment developer. The company's products entails systems for feeding, drinking, lighting, heating, ventilation, feed storage and transport, automatic nest, layer and rearing cage and climate control. It has also begun to deliver turnkey poultry projects both in the Turkish and international markets, Remzi Çelik, chief marketing officer of TAVSAN, tells eFeedLink.
Saturday, December 30, 2023
India's pig production: Structure of industry and challenges
Pork is not a preferred meat in India and it sees better demand only in northeast India and metro cities. The country's total estimated population of pigs is 10.29 million. The number of exotic/crossbred pigs is 2.46 million while indigenous pigs amount to 7.84 million. Northeast India has around 3.34 million, or 32.45% of India's total pig population. Three types of pig production systems are common in the region.
Saturday, December 23, 2023
Youran Animal Husbandry's high-tech ranch hints at quality of China's 'unmanned' dairy production
Inner Mongolia Youran Animal Husbandry, the world's biggest raw milk producer, is highly integrated with a business that extends to feed production, calf production and breeding, and dairy cattle farming. The only company in China that covers the entire upstream dairy industry chain, Youran has 78 self-operated farms in 16 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, and raises nearly 500,000 dairy cows. The main factor behind Youran's success is the high automation of its farms.
Saturday, December 16, 2023
In brief: China's ruminant feed market in 2022
In 2022, the total output of ruminant feed in China was 15.62 million tonnes, a 7.56% increase over 2021. The output of complete ruminant feed, concentrated feed and premix feed increased without exception. Ruminant feed mainly comprises dairy cattle feed, beef cattle feed and mutton goat/sheep feed, which accounted for 41%, 30%, and 23% of ruminant feed output, respectively, last year.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
China's dairy market hindered by weak consumption trend and declining population growth
China's dairy farming industry has transformed tremendously, with small-scale and backyard farms banned following the 2008 Chinese milk scandal. More than a decade of industrialisation later, the country's dairy cow inventory recovered to 6.3 million head last year. Meanwhile, data shows that the proportion of large-scale farms with more than 100 heads of cows reached 72% in 2022 (compared with 19.5% in 2008 and 45% in 2014).
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Vietnam's livestock enterprises impacted by dipping live pig prices in first nine months of 2023
The decline in Vietnam's live pig prices have caused livestock enterprises to record less positive business results in the third quarter of 2023 as well as in the first nine months of the year. After increasing sharply to VND64,000-65,000/kg in early July, the price of live pigs had decreased to VND54,000-55,000/kg by the end of the third quarter of 2023. By the end of October, the price of live pigs continued to go down in some localities where it was only VND47,000-50,000/kg.
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Modernising and ambitious: The rise of China's dairy farming
In 2022, China's yield per dairy cow reached 9.2 tonnes, twice that of 2008. The yield per dairy cow on large-scale Chinese farms even exceeded the average level of the European Union. How was this achieved?
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