The Week in Review
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Opportunities and challenges for China's white feather broiler industry
China's production volume of white feather broilers has surpassed that of yellow feather broilers, as the former became the biggest broiler breed domestically. In 2020, the country's volume of deep-processed white feather broiler products was 28.6 billion tonnes. Additionally, the local F&B industry prefers to source white broiler products as a way to save costs and improve efficiency.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Bird flu, one more problem for global livestock production
Since May last year, bird flu outbreaks was reported in poultry and wild birds in 41 countries, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). As of December, the spread of , high pathogenicity avian influenza shows no sign of abating.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
A hurdle for India's import of soymeal to meet poultry farmers' demand
For the last two years, rising soybean meal prices since March 2021 affected the profitability of poultry farming in India. Additionally, industry data showed that poultry placements returned to 320 million per month.
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Chinese aqua feed sector faces high cost of extruded feeds, feed quality issues
China's yearly record for aquaculture feed consumption is close to 30 million tonnes. This growth in feed consumption has usually depended on trash fish. But, with a low feed conversion ratio, aquaculture production using trash fish is considerably unsustainable.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
A primer on key aquaculture companies in China
Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products is China's largest shrimp processor, and with the country's shift from being a net shrimp exporter to a net shrimp importer, the company has diversified its business from aquaculture production and processing to global procurement, deep processing and domestic sales.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of New Hope's market value
Last year, China's New Hope set a target: pig slaughter volumes from 2021 to 2023 should have growth rates no lower than 100%, 300% and 700% respectively. With a very tight live pig supply, domestic live pig prices surged, boosting producers' confidence and sparking competition for farm expansions. It is under the stimulus of this development that New Hope invested resources to build pig farms.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
A look at China's aquaculture sector
China is the largest aquaculture-producing country in the world. According to data in the latest report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, total global fish production in 2018 was 179 million tonnes — of which aquaculture production is 82.1 million tonnes. This means aquaculture output accounted for 45.86% of the total output.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
COP26 and inducing real changes in agriculture
With one more international event to get nations to be more serious in their climate commitments, the call for real changes in agriculture persists.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Making sense of swine producer Zhengbang Group's vision of achieving 100 million head
In September 2020 at a seminar, the chairman of Chinese swine producer Zhengbang Group put forward the goal of achieving 100 million head, which if realised, would represent more than 15% of the country's swine production capacity.
Saturday, November 20, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of China pig price
From August 2018 to 2021, the price of China's live pig market has experienced abnormal fluctuations, seeing an increase of as much as four times at one time. However, since the beginning of this year, the price of pigs has fallen back to the where it started three years ago.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
A look into low-cost feed formulation in China
Several factors this year are pressuring animal producers in China to look into low-cost feed formulation options: the continuing decline in swine prices as corn and soymeal prices continue their uptrend, and fluctuations in the prices of feed additives due to power rationing.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Poland sees 112 pig farms hit by ASF this year
With the onset of the summer season, the number of African swine fever outbreaks began to increase sharply in Poland, with most occurring in September.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
China's agriculture ministry warns potential glut in pork supply
The volume of pork coming into the Chinese market will increase significantly in the fourth quarter this year and the first quarter in 2022, resulting in an oversupply of pork in China during the period, the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
China's pork production hit highest Q3 record in three years
China's pork output for July-September was 12.02 million tonnes, up 43% compared with a year earlier, and the highest since the third quarter of 2018.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Brazil's pork exports hit record in September
Brazilian pork exports totaled 112,200 tonnes in September, a monthly record, and 29.7% higher than exports in the same period last year, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Australia's red meat, livestock industry in strong global position, report states
The Australian red meat and livestock industry's ability to adapt and respond to significant challenges over the past 12 months has positioned the sector strongly in the global market, according to Meat & Livestock Australia's (MLA) 2021 State of the Industry report released on October 5.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
US poultry production in August 2021 increased 4% on year
The United States' year to date poultry production is 33.927 billion pounds, just ahead of the pace in 2020, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Brazil's pork exports kept at 11.53% high in volume in first eight months of 2021
A survey by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein indicates a total of 756,500 tonnes of Brazilian pork exports between January and August this year, against 678,300 tonnes in 2020.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Japan to see rise in swine and pork productions in 2022
The country's swine production is set to rise next year following a rebound in its sow population while its pork production is expected to increase 2% to meet strong demand for domestic pork, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
China's hog production to fall 5% in 2022
Next year, Chinese hog production is expected to drop by 5%, as the country's policies will disincentivise small- and medium-scale operations by controlling how quickly pork prices increase, according to USDA.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
New Zealand sees beef cattle numbers increasing by nearly 100,000 head
The total number of beef cattle in the country has increased by close to 100,000 head to 3.98 million in the year ending June 30, 2021, according to Beef and Lamb NZ.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
EU's May pork production increases 5% year-on-year
The European Union produced 1.88 million tonnes of pork in May, down 1% from April but up 5% (96,600 tonnes) year-on-year, according to the United Kingdom's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Saturday, August 21, 2021
USDA cuts 2021 estimates for corn
In their August Supply and Demand report, US economists removed nearly five bushels an acre off their estimates from last month, putting this year's corn crop at 14.75 billion bushels on yields of 174.6 bushels an acre - down 415 million bushels from July's estimates.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Philippines' agricultural output fell 1.5% in Q2 2021
The Philippines' agricultural output had dropped by an annual 1.5% in the second quarter of 2021 due to a slump in livestock and fisheries production, said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on August 9.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Germany sees rise in organic pigs, cattle, chicken farms during 2010-20
The number of organic pigs in Germany increased by 36% between 2010 and 2020, representing under 1% of the country's total pig inventory.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Brazil's June pork exports at 108,800 tonnes
The amount was 13.2% higher than the same period in 2020 when 96,100 tonnes were exported.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
China sees highest second-quarter pork production in seven years
The country's pork output in April-June was 13.46 million tonnes, up 40% compared with the same period last year, according to calculations based on official data.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
EU pigmeat production to continue rising in 2021
The European Union's pigmeat production is expected to continue increasing this year, as additional production in some EU countries more than compensated for the decrease attributed to the African swine fever outbreak in Germany.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
US soybean exports at second-highest value during Q1, 2021
US soybean exports had reached the second-highest value ever at US$7.7 billion in the first quarter of 2021, nearly double from the decade low levels from the same period in 2020.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Levels of US meat, poultry in cold storage fell in end-May, according to USDA report
At the end of May, the United States' total cold storage stocks of meat and poultry came in at slightly above two billion pounds - approximately 190 million pounds, or 9%, below a year ago.
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