Friday, August 6, 2021

China sets pork production goal

China aims to maintain its breeding sow herd at about 43 million head during the period to 2025, the government said on Friday.

Last month the government said its hog population was 439 million, higher than about 420 million before African Swine Fever wiped out about half of the country’s hogs. It said there were 45.64 million sows.

The efforts aim to "enhance achievement of pig herd recovery, prevent major volatility of production capacity and promote healthy and sustainable development of the live hog industry," the government said of its 40-million sows goal.

China will advise pig farmers to restock sows or get rid of less productive ones when the monthly sow herd changes more than five per cent from the previous year, the government said.