October 17, 2019 / 3:33 AM / a month ago

China's pig output expected to bottom out before end-2019 - official

BEIJING, Oct 17 (Reuters) - China’s hog production is expected to bottom out before the end of 2019 and recover to normal levels in 2020, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.

Pig inventories at large-scale farms have already bottomed out and started to rebound, Yang Zhenhai, director of the Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said at a press briefing on Thursday.

Production and sales of pig feed have also picked up, Yang added.

A deadly African swine fever disease has slashed China’s pig herd by at least 40% from a year earlier, and pushed prices of the country’s favorite meat to record high levels. (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Shivani Singh; editing by Darren Schuettler)

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