Between 40 and 50 per cent of China’s hogs either died or were culled since August 2018
China is on track to rebuild its hog herd to pre-African Swine Fever levels by sometime next year, the government said.
Already the sow herd has increased by 3.7 per cent in the most recent monthly census, it said.
Between 40 and 50 per cent of China’s hogs either died or were culled because of outbreaks of African Swine Fever since August, 2018.
At a briefing on Thursday, Yang Zhenhai, director of the Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said inventories at large farms have started to rebound.
“Various supporting policies and market factors have helped boost confidence in (pig) farming significantly, and enthusiasm for production among small and big farmers is further improving,” Yang said.
Pig production has recovered rapidly at farms that slaughter more than 5,000 pigs a year, Yang said. Inventories reached 44.46 million animals in September, up 0.6 percent on a month earlier, while sow herds climbed 3.7 percent to 6.10 million head.