CHINA, Beijing. In China, the number of pig slaughters is again rising above the previous year's level. The number of animals in the stables is one fifth higher.
The pig stocks are being increased noticeably again. According to the national statistics office, 370.7 million pigs were kept at the end of September; this was 20.7% more than twelve months previously. In 18 of 19 reporting provinces, the herds grew compared to the previous year. The strongest growth was in Jiangxi with 31% to 12.99 million animals. The most important pig stronghold, Sichuan, followed immediately behind with an increase of 28.6% to 37.68 million animals. In the province of Henan, which ranks second in the country, the pig population increased by 6.4% to 35.78 million. As the statisticians noted, the increase in herds in the north of the country is proceeding faster than in the south.
The number of pig slaughters recorded nationwide is 361.9 million for the first three quarters of 2020, 11.7% less than in the same period last year. Due to increased slaughter weights, Chinese pork production declined by 10.8% to 28.4 mill. t, and thus less sharply. However, statisticians in Beijing announced that production figures are currently once again exceeding the previous year's level. In the three provinces of Shanxi, Gansu and Heilongjiang, this was already the case for the entire first three quarters, with between 1.2% and 8% more pigs being cut than in the period from January to September 2019. In Sichuan, a province with a high livestock density, on the other hand, slaughter volumes fell by 5.3% to 33.92 million animals. Hubei came last with a 21.4% reduction in production to 19.9 million pigs.
Among the five provinces with the sharpest declines, four were in southern China, according to the statistics office. After a significant decline of around 22% from mid-July to mid-October, slaughter pig prices in China has now stabilized at a lower level.