China to see pig production increase by 1.4 million tonnes


Despite declining sow numbers global pork productivity will continue to grow in the coming years, thanks to farm improvement, better genetics and standardised feed, said Rabobank in its Pork Quarterly report. China, Vietnam as well as Mexico and Russia will see the highest production increases due to productivity growth. Here, average productivity is still low compared with other countries.

In China, Rabobank sees production increasing by 1.4 million tonnes, despite a reduction of 1 million sows in 2016. “With productivity being a much more important driver for pork production growth than sow herd expansion, the global pork industry should move with caution and expand the sow herd at rates that will not overwhelm the market, and can therefore support positive margins.”


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