Na­tion seeks to re­duce soy­bean meal con­tent for hogs

Global Times - - Bizupdate -

The China Feed In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (CFIA) is seek­ing to cap crude pro­tein and soy­bean meal con­tent in pig feed in a bid to re­duce soy­bean im­ports as the trade dis­pute be­tween the world’s two largest economies pushed up do­mes­tic prices.

Amid the on­go­ing climb­ing prices of soy­bean meal, which pro­vides the pro­tein and amino acids that pigs need to thrive, due to in­creased costs of im­ported soy­beans, the as­so­ci­a­tion called for cut­ting the amount of pro­tein re­quired in food for pigs, ac­cord­ing to state­ment on its WeChat ac­count on Wed­nes­day.

China is short on pig feed and its pro­tein sup­ply has long re­lied on im­ports, which has been a bot­tle­neck re­strain­ing de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try’s feed­ing in­dus­try, CFIA said in a state­ment on Septem­ber 30, so­lic­it­ing com­ments on pig feed stan­dards un­til next Mon­day.

With the de­vel­op­ment of re­lated tech­nolo­gies, the re­quired crude pro­tein lev­els in swine fod­der can greatly drop, the CFIA said,

It added that the new stan­dard sets a ceil­ing on crude pro­tein and to­tal phos­pho­rus in swine fod­der, the move of which is for re­duc­ing con­sump­tion on raw ma­te­ri­als and the pol­lu­tion from the breed­ing in­dus­try on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Qiao Shiyan, a pro­fes­sor of China Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity, said a drop of 2 per­cent­age points in pro­tein level in pig feed from the cur­rent 16 per­cent to 14 per­cent can save about 10.3 mil­lion tons of soy­bean meal con­sump­tion.

The fig­ure is equal to about 13.7 mil­lion tons of soy­beans, cal­cu­lated per an­nual pig feed out­put, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on CFIA’s web­site on Septem­ber 5.

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