Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade-202001
- China: Pork production is revised up nearly 4 percent in 2020 on strong gains in average carcass weights and, to a lesser extent, slaughter. Motivated by record profits, producers are finishing animals at higher weights to maximize pork output. However, a sharply lower breeding herd and continued impacts from African Swine Fever (ASF) will drive production 23 percent lower year-over-year in 2020. Pork imports are unchanged at 2.6 million tons in 2019 and revised up 200,000 tons to 3.7 million tons in 2020. The United States, Canada, and Brazil all stand to increase market share in China this year; however, the European Union is expected to remain the dominant supplier.