Amadeusz Juskowiak

Chinese pork output seen lower usda

High feed prices will cause the Chinese to reduce hog herd growth and pork production this year the US Agriculture Department said

In its World Production and Trade Report the department said hog numbers at the start of 1987 were estimated at 3316 mln head up slightly from 1986 and 10 mln head above earlier projections for 1987

Pork production in 1986 was up 42 pct to 1725 mln tonnes slightly below earlier estimates it said

For 1987 production is projected to fall to 1705 mln tonnes

Feed prices at the end of January were reported 35 to 40 pct above yearago levels the department said