Chinese Swine Industry to Expand its Market

by 5m Editor
26 September 2008, at 9:38am

US - The U.S. Grains Council is hosting a Chinese swine management team in the United States.

The team attended the Alan Leman Swine Production Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, to learn more about swine disease eradication programs, which have been successfully implemented in the United States. The programs target diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases.

The team also visited several veterinary clinics and production labs to gain more knowledge on practical health management systems. “The team was especially interested in the conference’s private sessions which discussed new technologies and disease control methods,” said Jason Yan, USGC technical program director in China.

“Some of the team members are close to hog industry services labs in China and will utilize the knowledge gained to help influence best health management practices used within these industries.”

The recent PRRS outbreak in China created a shortage in pork output and caused prices to skyrocket. Additionally, with expected growth in pork demand over the next five to ten years, China will need to embrace more modern approaches to swine production and management, most important of which will be the application of improved technologies associated with animal nutrition and health.

According to Yan, the team was also interested in the new ethanol facilities on the West coast that will focus on exports of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to China “It will be easy to ship DDGS to China from there and the facilities will also supply quality feed for the market,” he said. “Since healthy hogs and greater numbers on feed will create demand and sales opportunities for U.S. feed grains and coproducts, the Council will continue to provide training and technical support to this vital sector of the Chinese meat production industry.”

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) by clicking here.

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