China’s pig herd has grown by almost a third

China’s pig herd at the end of July was up by almost a third (31%) than a year earlier, the country’s state planning agency said on Tuesday, continuing its  recovery from a devastating outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2019.

According to an agriculture official China’s herd was at 439 million pigs at the end of June, equal to 99.4% of the level at the end of 2017, prior to the swine fever outbreak. The sow herd has reached 45.64 million head, 2% ahead of the level at end of 2017.

Speaking at a regular press briefing, National Development and Reform Commission spokesman Meng Wei said the sow herd had also increased 25% year-on-year by end-July, although did not give exact numbers.

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