The expansion of livestock production in feed-deficient countries is the biggest driver of growth in the coarse grain trade. In both China and Taiwan the U.S. Grains Council has hosted numerous swine programs to increase swine producers’ technical knowledge. These countries have seen expansion and/or upgrades in farming efficiency in their pork industries.
This week, the Council sponsored two international teams, from China and Taiwan, to attend the World Pork Expo as well as to complete several different short courses about new advances in U.S. swine production.
By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea
While Korea's hog inventory has increased to more than 9.9 million head in 2013, Korea's demand for pork has outpaced its production. Primary due to its inability to supply high quality pork at competitive prices, the Korean swine industry is looking for new ways to be more efficient. This sector is very important for sustaining Korea's demand for U.S. grains, as it used 3.3 million metric tons of grain in 2013, or about 27 percent of the nation's total demand for grain.
By: Jason Yan, U.S. Grains Council Technical Program Director in China
Swine production in China is both growing and rapidly consolidating into large operations. The U.S. Grains Council supports the continued expansion of large swine operations in China because growth of a modern livestock sector in China will not only improve efficiency and food safety, but also increase feed grain utilization as many smaller operations use substandard feeds.
"The U.S. Grains Council remembers the 1960 'hog lift' to Japan as our founding event," said Council President and CEO Tom Sleight, "and still today, anything that hurts hogs hurts many of our oldest and best customers around the world. The current swine epidemic is a serious matter for many of them, and therefore for us."
By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan
Taiwan's swine industry consumes roughly 3.4 million metric tons of feed, or about 47 percent of the nation's total feed production. Taiwan produces only about one percent of the needed feed ingredients, so it is import dependent in grains. This makes Taiwan's swine industry an important export market for U.S. grains and co-products.
Timely action by the U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has averted a patently protectionist seasonal market closure in Panama, keeping this important market open for U.S. corn exports.
Korean imports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have increased more than 100 percent since with continued growth potential as Korean nutritionists gain confidence in utilizing DDGS in swine rations. The U.S. Grains Council hosted a webinar last week aimed at feed formulators, swine extension specialists and pork producers, giving the Council a longer reach into the Korean swine industry and enabling local partners to share information more broadly among industry colleagues.
China continues to develop as the world's biggest growth market for agricultural products. The U.S. Grains Council has invested more than 30 years in supporting the modernization of China's meat and dairy industries and in opening the Chinese market to U.S. coarse grains. Last week, USGC Chairman Julius Schaaf and Secretary-Treasurer Alan Tiemann returned to China to assess current developments and strengthen the Council's long-standing partnership.
The recent news that China's Shineway (Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.) has agreed to purchase Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest hog and pork producer in the world, leaves much speculation for a rise in U.S. pork exports to China in coming years. However, according to the U.S. Grains Council, the resulting increased pork import program is unlikely to hold off China's expected future corn import program.
By Clint Vance, Ohio State and Tina Holst, University of Wisconsin – Plattville
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