China's top pig farming firm to follow new lower protein feed standards

China's top pig farming company Wens Foodstuffs Group Co Ltd will comply with new government-backed guidelines on lower protein in animal feed, a company executive said, adding however that the impact on its operations would be minimal
calendar icon 14 November 2018
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China's Feed Industry Association last month approved new standards for pig and chicken feeds, with lower protein levels as Beijing seeks to reduce its consumption of soymeal amid an ongoing trade spat with major soybean supplier the United States.

Wens has pledged to follow the guidelines, Yang Junpeng, deputy general manager of purchasing told an industry event on Wednesday. But he said it would have only a small impact on the company as its formulas are already very close to the new rules.

The rules have no impact on its poultry feed, and will only require a change to feed for pigs above 75 kilogrammes, said Yang.

"In recent years we've been continually optimising our formulations," he said.

Wens Foodstuff is China's top producer of pigs, slaughtering more than 10 million pigs in the first half of the year, and 330 million chickens.

Outbreaks of African swine fever are currently restricting farmers' ability to replenish their herds.

The highly contagious disease has been reported in 17 provinces across China, including its major pig producing regions, forcing Beijing to roll out restrictions on the transport of live pigs across the country.

"Next year pig prices in the second half will be comparatively positive, though we still need to see how African swine fever evolves and the ongoing impact from environmental policies," he said.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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