The Week in Review
Saturday, March 25, 2023
CCPA's Francois Pellet: A French cooperative in sync with agriculture's modern realities
In 1966, six large French agriculture cooperatives laid the foundations of CCPA, with a mission to develop innovation and knowledge in livestock nutrition and farming. "Since that time, our purpose has not changed, and our daily obsession is to bring to our customers nutritional solutions adapted to their needs in a fast-moving and competitive environment," says its chief executive officer, Francois Pellet.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Keming Foods spots opportunity in Chinese pig farming
As pig prices plummeted in November 2022, Hunan-listed company Keming Foods announced its acquisition of Xingjiang Muge Foods - a key development concerning Keming's venture into the pig industry. The company also increased its capital investment to obtain a controlling stake in Xingjiang Muge. Following the acquisition, Keming Foods will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 pigs.
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Zhengbang: Has aggressive expansion got the better of a major pig producer?
Last January, Zhengbang Technology warned the company faced the risk of delisting. Back in November, the company announced that it would sell two pig farms located in Laibin, Guangxi, to Twins Group, the latest in the number of its assets being put on sale. Before these developments - and China's African swine fever outbreak in 2018 - Zhengbang once aimed to achieve a slaughter volume of 100 million pigs by 2020.
Saturday, March 4, 2023
A rollercoaster ride for China's pig prices in 2022
That the price of China's pigs has a fluctuating cycle every few years has become a common understanding. In Q3 2022, the price of pigs was still stable with an upward inclination. Entering the fourth quarter, the price of live pigs climbed from ¥‎24.65/kg to ¥‎28.80/kg by mid-October. Without warning, it plunged dramatically into a downward cycle.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
China's chicken consumption falls in big cities Shanghai and Hong Kong
A challenging economic environment - in conjunction with the gradual recovery of pork supply, which sent prices plummeting - severely impacted China's chicken production and consumption. The country's broiler slaughter volume decreased 4.09% in 2022 on-year, falling for a second straight year. Its per capita chicken consumption has also declined for two consecutive years. The decrease in chicken consumption is especially prominent in large cities, specifically, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
A look at China's broiler production sector
The country's poultry meat output totaled 23.8 million tonnes in 2021 — a year-on-year increase of 0.8% — while total poultry slaughtered was 15.74 billion birds, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2021, 6.773 billion white feather broilers were slaughtered; Shandong, Liaoning, Fujian, Hebei and Jiangsu were the top five producing provinces.
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Fengxiang: Short-lived listing for a major white feather broiler producer
Previously listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in July 2020, Fengxiang was the second-largest fully integrated white feather broiler producer in China in 2019, with a market share of 3.1%. However, the company, which was founded by Liu Xuejing in the early 1990s, changed hands after just two years of listing to the surprise of its founder and the market.
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Industry players take hold of opportunities in China's burgeoning broiler market
Thanks to China's huge population and rapid economic development over the past 40 years, the country's chicken production has consistently ranked second in the world. Its white feather broiler industry is identical to the Western model. Currently, only its hatching, feed production, commercial broiler and slaughterhouse operations are approaching or have met international standards.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
China's aquafeed market: As aquafeed production rises, fishmeal imports fall
eFeedLink statistics show that China's aquafeed production in the first three quarters of 2022 was close to 20 million tonnes, a 6.25% increase compared with the same period in 2021. Meanwhile, according to customs statistics, in the first three quarters, China imported 1.4 million tonnes of fishmeal, a year-on-year decrease of 58,000 tonne.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
New Hope Liuhe expands rapidly in 'special' aquafeed market
New Hope Liuhe is the largest feed company in China, and its total feed sales in 2021 reached 28.24 million tonnes. In 2021, its total sales of aquafeed reached 1.61 million tonnes, accounting for about 7% of China's total output.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
A look at production and export of China's main aquaculture products
Based on the statistics of the General Administration of Customs, China exported 3.74 million tonnes of edible aquatic products in 2021, with an export value of US$21.539 billion. Main export destinations were Japan, the United States, South Korea and the Philippines. The export value of shrimp, eel, tilapia and large yellow croaker were ranked the highest in 2021.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
As India's shrimp producers struggle with profitability, black tiger shrimp now in spotlight
India's shrimp industry is in crisis as, in the last two years, exports were affected due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the revival of the black tiger shrimp market in India and other Asian countries may become the most important trend for the mid-term outlook on shrimp production.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
China's pig producers tweak feed formulations as soybean supply tightens, prices increase
In the first half of 2022, soybean production in South America decreased substantially while soybean inventories in the United States dropped to low levels, hence supporting CBOT soybean prices. That led to a significant increase in China's soybean import cost. Since February, the price of soybean meal stood above ¥4,000/tonne (US$550.75). In the second half of March, the price of soybean meal in China surged past ¥5,200/tonne, hitting a new record high.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
China's strategy for controlling ASF
It has been four years since African swine fever (ASF) swept the entire Chinese pig industry in 2018. The Chinese government has since started the research and development of ASF vaccines. Pig companies and farms with a strong awareness of disease control adopt a prevention approach. They have achieved positive results, which helped Chinese enterprises and authorities to form guidelines for preventing and controlling ASF.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Muyuan and major companies poised to further change pig production in China
As China's pig industry is increasingly concentrated, slaughtering and processing sectors have become a point of convergence for large-scale pig enterprises. Many large-scale pig enterprises like Muyuan Group, Wen's, New Hope and Tianbang have deployed in the downstream slaughtering sector. Muyuan's pig production has grown rapidly after listing, exceeding 40 million heads in 2021 heads and accounting for about 6% of China's release volume.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Recovering pig prices get China's producers back into profitability
Pork prices in China's domestic market surged 36% year-on-year in September 2022, an increase of 13.6 percentage points from the previous month, according to the latest statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics. Understandably, investors are more concerned about how the pig price rally can lift pig producers’ profits and, subsequently, their share prices. After hitting a low of ¥11.91/kg in mid-to-late March, the average Chinese pig price has rebounded in three waves.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
India's grains market feels burden of tight supply with war in Ukraine
The last few years have been volatile for the feed value chain due to issues ranging from supply chain disruptions to the impact of climate change on agriculture. The war in Ukraine only exacerbates the challenges; both Ukraine and Russia produce more than 30% of the world's wheat and barley and 20% of corn. Prior to the conflict, corn exports from Ukraine for MY 2021-22 (October-September) were estimated at 33.50 million tonnes which are now estimated to be at 26 million tonnes.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
High grain prices shape Chinese poultry producers' feed usage in 2022
Since 2020, China's corn and soybean meal prices have increased to higher levels seen in recent times. Corn prices account for the highest proportion of feed production costs. With soaring prices, corn usage dropped. Hence, the top 30 'pure' broiler feed manufacturers in China have corn inclusion rates significantly below the national average.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
China's poultry business management evolves from ERP system to cloud
Chinese poultry enterprises' efforts in digital management lie in the use of the enterprise resource planning system, along with other management applications, in various vertical subdivisions. Meanwhile, international poultry enterprises in China generally use solutions developed by SAP, which works in unison with their parent company's systems.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
A look at China's poultry industry's performance in H1 2022
The financial results of listed Chinese poultry companies for the first half of 2022 saw some dismal results, with only Huaying Agriculture's net profit exceeding CNY50 million. Wen's Group reported a loss of CNY3.524 billion in the first half, mainly due to its pig business, which accounted for 44.8% of the company's revenue. Its poultry business, which contributed 47.09% of the company's revenue, has an operating profit of CNY879.7 million (US$126 million). Chinese companies in the chick production sector generally performed more poorly.
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Indian poultry deals with higher feed costs, increased demand for cold chain automation
Since the final week of July 2022, India's chicken consumption dropped by 30-40%, with this expected to remain at similar levels until the end of October. Higher monsoon rains have affected the movement of live chickens and eggs from production sites to consumption centres. Meanwhile, higher raw material prices have pushed the production costs of live broilers and farm gate selling prices are now below production costs.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
A brief analysis of China's fermented feed ingredients market
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently issued the revised version of "Fermented Soybean Meal for Feed Raw Materials" (NY/T2218-2022)" - the country's first fermented feed raw material standard - which took effect on October 1. There are currently four approved categories of fermented feed ingredients, namely, fermented soybean meal, fermented cottonseed protein, yeast and post-fermentation residue. Estimations show that China's production of fermented raw materials in 2021 was close to two million tonnes.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Zhenghong: What lies ahead for Chinese feed company after 25 years of stagnancy?
Zhenghong Technology was the first feed company in China to be listed in the domestic feed industry. The company was able to go public early as it is a state-owned holding company. However, this status led to Zhenghong's negligible development for the past 25 years. Unlike its counterparts that saw exponential growth, Zhenghong Technology's feed output in 2021 was only about 362,000 tonnes, lower than what it produced 20 years ago.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Newly listed Yuehai Feed encounters strong challenges in 2022
Last July, Yuehai Feed released its 2022 performance forecast - which showed its sales volume of aquatic feeds, in the first half of 2022, at 397,700 tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 2.77%. However, net profit attributable to shareholders is expected to lose ¥50-60 million (US$7.3-8.8 million). Yuehai Feed claimed three key reasons for the loss: increased raw material costs, a year-on-year increase in its operational expenses and weak aqua feed sales.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Looking at the playing field for major Chinese feed producers
Data show that the total number of feed enterprises in China had dropped from 15,519 in 2005 to 6,772 in 2020 - even as the scale of feed mills continues to expand. In 2005, there were only 17 feed enterprises with 500,000 tonnes or higher annual production volumes, and their combined output accounted for 25% of the country's total feed output.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
How India's Gujarat and Rajasthan states fight lumpy skin disease
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) has swept through the Indian states of Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan in northwest India and claimed the lives of thousands of cattle. Amul Dairy, a dairy state government cooperative society based in Anand district, Gujarat, recorded 1,507 LSD cases since April 1. According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, LSD entered the eastern states of India from Bangladesh in 2019 and slowly spread to other states.
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Plant extracts beneficial for China's dairy cows but use is limited
With most antibiotics for use in feed banned in China, it is necessary to source more functional additives as alternatives. Functional additives that promote the growth of rumen microorganisms, modify the rumen microbial flora, stabilise the rumen's PH value, prevent rumen poisoning and improve the rumen's methane emission are the key functions of additives for dairy cattle. However, the application of plant extracts in dairy cattle has only been introduced in the past five to six years.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
With quirky name, Adopt A Cow serves pure milk to Chinese dairy market
Established in July 2014, Adopt A Cow entered China's milk market with pure milk and yogurt as its main products, and achieved an annual income of ¥2.5 billion (US$370.6 million). Last year, Adopt A Cow's revenue reached ¥2.566 billion, a 55.54% increase over the previous year.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
A general view of China's beef cattle industry
China's beef consumption has shown rapid growth in recent years, but the meat's output has not been able to meet local market demand. For a long time, the country has relied on imports to fill its huge beef shortages, and its import dependency (total import /national output) is at 20%, far exceeding those of pork (5%). According to statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics, the country's beef cattle population totaled 98.17 million in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 2.7%.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Recovery and growth for Indian dairy as government plan poises to further develop industry
India produced 210 million tonnes of milk during the 2021-22 fiscal year, with small farmers being the biggest beneficiaries of the dairy sector. Dairy contributes 5% to the economy of India and employs 80 million dairy farmers. A recovery of economic activities, rising per capita consumption of milk and milk products, changing dietary preferences and rising urbanisation in the country have driven the dairy industry to grow by 9% in the 2021-22 period.
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