Thursday, May 20, 2021

China’s hog recovery slowed

China’s hog production recovery still faces uncertainties and the risk of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks remains “relatively great”, the country’s agriculture ministry said this week.

The sow herd is now at 98 per cent of 2017 levels before African Swine Fever wiped out about half of China’s hog population, but sow reproduction rates are lower than normal, the ministry said.

There have been 10 outbreaks of African Swine Fever this year.

"The work to stabilise hog production shall not be relaxed," the ministry said, based on information gathered in a meeting with 14 large-scale hog breeding companies.